Barbara Hesser and Music Therapy Faculty, Students, and Alumnae Take Part in Global Music Event

Barbara Hesser, director of Steinhart’s program in music therapy, and faculty members Cathy Benedict and Peter Jampel, as well as graduate students from the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions took part in the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) event, ‘Music as a Natural Resource: Solutions for Social and Economic Issues’ in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and Better City-Better Life World Habitat Day Celebrations. The Sept. 30th event held at the National Arts Club, launched the Fall 2010 Compendium, a worldwide survey featuring 55 music projects from 33 countries. The event was dedicated to Dr. Mathew Lee,former director of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation and adjunct professor of music and music education at New York University, in recognition of his “lifelong commitment to inspire generations of physicians, government decision-makers, health officials, and university students with his vision of the enabling power of music for the betterment of humankind.”

This event was organized by the ICCC in cooperation with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the United Nations Programme on Ageing, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the United Nations Department of Public Information, The ICCC acts as a bridge linking government, civil society organizations, the private sector, universities and the United Nations in their efforts at sparking new ways of viewing an integrated society for all ages.

Chandrika Tandon, Indian singer and songwriter, was among performers who presented regional music from the countries included in the survey.

Hesser, co-editor of the ‘Music as a Natural Resource Compendium,’ introduced the history and purpose of the document at the event. Featured as part of the compendium along with NYU’s Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy are music projects by department alumnae: Joanne Loewy, Connie Tomaino, Peter Jampel, and Dorit Amir. Masters students Brittany Croley, Jillian Hicks, Min-Min Cheung and Anna Palumbo assisted in creating the evening’s visual presentation of the compendium. Cathy Benedict and Peter Jampel served as associate editors for the compendium.

“It is my hope that all sectors of society can bring more attention to the goodwork that is and can in the future be done through music,” Hesser said.