Halifax Health to present free music therapy programs


On Sept. 12-13, Halifax Health will present Music Therapy – A Compliment to Cancer Care featuring presentations by music therapist Hakeem Leonard.

Music therapist Hakeem Leonard (with guitar) will be the special guest at the Sept. 12-13 programs.
Music therapist Hakeem Leonard (with guitar) will be the special guest at the Sept. 12-13 programs.

The Sept. 12 program takes place in the Halifax Health Medical Center Auditorium, 303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., from 5:30-7:30 pm.  The program, which is free and open to the public, will include an exhibit and light refreshments, a music therapy interactive presentation and a question and answer session.

The Sept. 13 program will be at the Halifax Health – Center for Oncology, 303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., from 9 am-1 pm.  The program will provide information on patient-focused services for oncology inpatients and outpatients.  Topics will include inpatient oncology, adult psychiatry and outpatient oncology.  In addition, Halifax Health staff will be on hand to provide patient education and resources.

Student, teacher, entrepreneur
The guest presenter for both programs is Hakeem Leonard, a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University, where he teaches Anatomy for Music Therapy and Music Therapy Drumming.

Leonard is the owner of Healing Hearts Music Therapy, a private practice in Tallahassee.  He has experience in psychiatric, substance abuse, special education, hospital inpatient, older adults, rehab, and at-risk youth settings/populations.

His areas of research are music for pain management during orthopedic rehab, rhythm reproduction of non-musicians, funding in music therapy, and music with mood disorders and substance abuse.

Genentech, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Celgene are the presenting sponsors for both programs.

For more information about these programs, call 386-254-4212 ext. 1864.  It is not necessary to RSVP.



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