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ISU Music Therapy

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Raised toward our $2,500 Goal
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Project has ended
Project ended on September 01, at 12:00 AM CDT
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The very last update of gratitude

January 25, 2018

Apologizes for so many updates. We are just overwhelmed with gratitude! 


Pictured below are the last of the instruments. We received (from top to bottom) resonator bells, tambourines, and various small percussion instruments (thera-bells, shekere, and cabasas). Not pictured are four parachutes of two different sizes and four rainbow sets of ribbon wands which are also useful during music and movement interventions. 


This semester of practicum has not yet started, and our students are beyond grateful for the opportunity to use the new instruments in their sessions. Having adequate resources available not only benefit all of the students this semester but all future students that come through the ISU music therapy program. 


Thank you. 

More instruments!

January 25, 2018

We also received (from top to bottom) colorful hand bells, paddle drums, and different sized rainsticks! 

The instruments are in!

January 25, 2018

We have finally received most of our new instruments just in time for this semester of practicum! 


The music therapy department at ISU wants to profusely thank all of our donors for their contribution this summer. Without all of you none of this would have been possible. Overall we reached 132% of our goal with a total amount of $3,300! 


Our students are so excited to use the new materials! Pictured below (from top to bottom) are the djembes, choir chimes, and easy cussion we bought. 


Stay tuned for more pictures of the instruments we received through this campaign and your generous support!

Thank you!

September 05, 2017

Thank you so much for supporting the ISU music therapy program! We have exceeded our initial goal by 30% reaching $3,300! We are all so grateful for all of the generosity throughout this incredible campaign.

All instruments purchased because of this campaign will be used by music therapy students during their clinical training.  This not only provides each student with a quality education but also gives each of our clients a better music therapy experience. 

Thank you once again! We would not have been successful without our many supporters!


August 31, 2017

The music therapy department and the instrument campaign have received tremendous support over the past month, and we are so proud of what we have accomplished together. 

But it's not over yet! TODAY is the final day of our campaign. Contributions can be made up until 11:59 PM tonight. If you know anyone who would like to support the program but has not had the chance to contribute, please let them know that today is the FINAL DAY we are able to take contributions. 

Thank you once again for all of your support. We could not have been successful without the many people who support us! 

Snapchat today!

August 29, 2017

Congratulations to everyone who has supported the music therapy program so far because we have exceeded $3,000!! Continue spreading the word about the program because the campaign ends this Thursday, August 31st at 11:59 PM.

Today the music therapy department is taking over the Illinois State Snapchat. If you would like to watch the story, follow "illinoisstate" on Snapchat and join in the fun! See you there!

Last video!

August 25, 2017

In this last video, we discuss the importance of practicum and the instrument closet.

Practicum is a requirement for every music therapy student. By going out into the community, the students receive real life experiences. Students can be placed at schools, nursing homes, the juvenile detention center, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, or care facilities for adults with developmental disabilities to name a few options. By the time a student graduates and finished internship, they will have completed a total of 1200 hours of clinical training.

The instrument closet allows students to check out the instruments and resources that they do not own themselves in order to successfully fulfill the required clinical hours. However, the resources available have been stretched thin because the program has grown to be over one hundred students.

When you support the music therapy program, you are providing the resources needed to allow each student the best quality education while they are at ISU. 

Be sure to check out the Illinois State SnapChat story next week Tuesday, Aug. 29th for the music therapy takeover!!

New Instruments

August 24, 2017

Today we would like to thank Jane Donoho for generously donating the instruments pictured below for our students to use during practicum! 

Once again, we would like to thank all of our donors for a very successful campaign this month. However, we still have 6 DAYS TO GO! Continue spreading the word about the music therapy program at ISU to help give our students the highest quality education. #ISUmusictherapy

ALSO, don't forget about our Illinois State SapChat takeover next Tuesday! We will be snapping about music therapy and our instrument campaign! See you then!

Becoming a Music Therapist

August 21, 2017

What does it actually take to become a music therapist?

In order to be a music therapist, students must be competent in three areas: musical foundations, clinical foundations, and music therapy foundations and principles. Students must complete up to 1200 hours of clinical work which includes four semesters of practicum and a six-month internship. Upon completion of the coursework and internship, music therapists are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam to obtain the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist - Board Certified) which is necessary for professional practice.

The ISU music therapy program has both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Graduate students with an undergraduate degree only in music may simultaneously take undergraduate deficiency courses in music therapy while pursuing a Master’s degree which is the Masters Equivalency program.

For more information about these programs, please visit the ISU music therapy website:

Resonator Bells

August 17, 2017

Today we will be sharing about some instruments called resonator bells.

These instruments are quite similar to choir chimes except that they are held flat on one hand (or any hard surface) and played with a separate mallet held in the other hand. Resonator bells are easy to use one at a time or can be placed together and played like a xylophone. It’s very engaging and simple to learn.

Don't forget to tell all of your friends and family that there are only 13 days left for a chance to support the music therapy program at ISU! #ISUmusictherapy.

Easy Cussion

August 16, 2017

One of instruments we are looking to purchase is called an easy cussion. 

This instrument has wide bars, comes with two mallets attached, and can be played on a lap, table or desk. The easy cussion is unique because while the clients are playing, they cannot play a wrong note. The easy cussion allows clients to play along to music and make up tunes without having to know anything about music.

Continue following our campaign for more exciting updates!


August 15, 2017

We have made it halfway through our campaign today! This means that there is still time to support the music therapy program for 15 more days. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has shown their support in the past couple of weeks!

ALSO, get ready for August 29th because the music therapy department will be taking over the ISU’s SnapChat story all day. Spread the word and start following illinoisstate on SnapChat!

Continuing with our instrument facts: another set of instruments we would like to purchase are called choir chimes. This instrument can come in two full sets of musical scales. It is played by quickly extending the arm to force the attached mallet to hit the metal chime. These instruments are good to use in a group where everyone can contribute or an individual session where the client can help accompany a song.

Continue following the campaign on social media for more instrument facts!

Paddle Drums

August 14, 2017

Congratulations! We finally broke 100%! There are only 16 DAYS left in order to double our initial goal! 

This week we will be sharing some interesting facts about the instruments we want to purchase and how each are used in music therapy sessions. 

Paddle drums come with a comfortable grip handle which the music therapist holds while the client plays the drum with a soft mallet. Because the therapist can easily move the paddle drum around, it is extremely effective for movement exercises often seen in physical therapy.

Continue following the campaign on social media for more instrument facts!

Music therapy is...

August 09, 2017

It is truly incredible how far we have come in such a short amount of time. We could have accomplished this without all of our donors and supporters. With this level of support for the music therapy program, it won't be a problem to see our goal doubled by the end of the month!

For any of our supporters not familiar with the profession of music therapy, this week's video gives a very brief overview. The most important aspects of music therapy are that it is evidence based, individualized, based on a therapeutic relationship, goal oriented, board-certified and an established health profession. Working with clients who have a variety of disabling conditions, music therapists use music as a tool in order to meet the needs of the clients. 

By supporting the ISU music therapy program, you are supporting future music therapists. New instruments help our students receive the most out of their education which ultimately benefits the surrounding community.

For more information about music therapy please visit the website for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA):


What an incredible week!

August 07, 2017

It has been less than one week, and our campaign has already reached 96% of our goal! How incredible is that? This could not have been accomplished without all of our donors and everyone supporting the music therapy program. Continue showing your support by liking and sharing this campaign on social media. We have 23 days to go: let's see if we can DOUBLE our initial goal! #ISUmusictherapy

Also be on the lookout for more updates about the instruments we would like to purchase, a new video about music therapy, and some information about our SnapChat takeover happening later this August!

Project Launch

August 01, 2017

The music therapy program at Illinois State University is excited to announce the launch of our fundraising campaign today!

We take great pride in the music therapy program at Illinois State University. We give our students the opportunity to train in real clinical settings through practicum, develop their musical knowledge, and therapeutic skills.

Because our program has been continuously evolving and growing rapidly, our resources have not been enough to meet the needs of our students.

That is why we have created this campaign to raise funds for new instruments throughout August. Our goal is to raise at least $2,500, or enough to buy new paddle drums, an easy cussion, a set of choir chimes, and a set of tone bars.

Please consider supporting the ISU music therapy program by making a contribution towards these new instruments. If you cannot contribute monetarily, consider sharing the campaign on social media. Simply include the website: with #ISUmusictherapy.

Thank you!

Choose a giving level


Egg Shaker Level

This contribution is the equivalent to purchasing at least two egg shakers


Frame Drum Level

This contribution is the equivalent to purchasing at least one frame drum


Boomwackers Level

This contribution is the equivalent to purchasing at least one set of boomwackers


Paddle Drum Level

This contribution is the equivalent to purchasing at least two paddle drums


Resonator Bell Level

This contribution is the equivalent to purchasing at least one set of resonator bells


Easy Cussion and Djembe Level

This donation amount is the equivalent of purchasing at least one easy cussion and one djembe.


Choir Chime Level

This contribution is the equivalent to purchasing at least one set of choir chimes