MSU to host music therapy camp
The MSU Community Music School will be hosting its annual music therapy camp this Thursday through Saturday.
Music therapy is a form of treatment that often is used to relieve patients of their physical and mental symptoms through emotional, psychological and social expression.
The Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp was developed in 2002 in honor of Eric Winter who died at age 12. Winter was a cerebral palsy patient, but more importantly, a talented musician.
To commemorate his gift, Winter’s family teamed with the Community Music School Music Therapy Clinical Services program at MSU to begin the camp.
The camp welcomes adults and children with special needs, as well as their siblings, to express themselves socially and musically. Each camper also is paired up with a peer volunteer.
The camp’s director Cindy Edgerton said there’s a 60 percent return rate of campers who look forward to it every year.
“Our main goal is that everyone at the camp will experience success through music,” she said.