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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Trauma, Music, and the Breath

The goal of the Trauma, Music, and the Breath Working Group is to draw on music and the breath to help Generation C children process the collective trauma of the COVID-19 global pandemic and ultimately to demonstrate these techniques as effective interventions for improving human health and wellbeing.

About the Project

Approach

The Trauma, Music, and the Breath Working Group will develop evidence-based musical interventions to help Generation C children between the ages 5 and 11 process the collective trauma of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The group will deploy group singing, rhythm, and the breath as tools for mitigating the multiple effects of this trauma, including the developmental disruptions stemming from interrupted schooling and reduced socialization. These interventions will ultimately be mobilized in elementary schools and community centers around the world to help children process trauma experienced as a result of the global pandemic, enabling them to thrive in their educational and home communities. Community leaders, classroom teachers, music educators, musicians, counselors, pediatricians, psychologists, and psychiatrists will have access to the training and the tools to teach others how to use music and breath to support children processing trauma.

Description

Group Members

Heather Aranyi (Northwestern University, Lyric Opera of Chicago)*

Sarah Bartolome (Music Education, Bienen School of Music)*

Deb Birnbaum (Metropolitan Opera)

Teresa Brancaccio (Voice and Opera, Bienen School of Music)

Michelle Buck (Kellogg School of Management)

Amanda Draper (Music Education, Bienen School of Music)

Melissa Foster (Theatre, School of Communication)

Ben Gorvine (Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences)

Nancy Gustafson (Voice and Opera, Bienen School of Music)

Kurt Hansen (Voice and Opera, Bienen School of Music)

Mark Werwath (Kellogg School of Management)

 

*indicates group leaders