As the founder and director of the Music Moves Mountains Foundation, Julie Frost has witnessed firsthand how music can change lives.
As a young person, she wrote in a journal that she hoped someday to use music to positively contribute to the world. After studying commercial music management at Austin Community College in Texas and working in the music industry, that time has come.
After seeing how music helped her son, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, she knew she was on the right path.
To him, [life is] really like a mountain to climb every day, she said. What helps him, on a daily basis, move that mountain out of the way? Its music.
Music Moves Mountains Foundation uses tax-deductible donations to accommodate those in need of music therapy, music education and community outreach.
Because Oklahoma does not recognize music therapy a burgeoning form of cognitive therapy for state board certification, it is difficult to regulate its practice or get insurance companies to cover it.
Although its hard to measure its results, Frost said that any time music therapy has been used, there is always a positive outcome. It takes a lot of time and is something you want to pair with something else.
She said her foundation will provide music therapy by a board-certified therapist, as well as musical workshops. Planned programs include:
Feeding the Soul, a series of musical performances at hospitals, nursing homes, veterans centers, rehabilitative centers and hospice care;
Song Power, a songwriting workshop or mentorship for at-risk youth, combat veterans and others in need; and
Play It Forward, pairing donated instruments and lessons to low-income or at-risk individuals who commit to donate their time and talent to the next candidate.
On Saturday, the foundation will host All Abilities Rock, a sensory-friendly musical experience workshop for kids ages 5-10 who exhibit special needs. Reservations are required.
Currently, Music Moves Mountains seeks volunteers and needs musical instruments, which can be donated at Sonder Music, Dance and Art in Norman.