Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual & Faith Traditions
Mindfulness for Families led by Texas Children's Hospital Music Therapy Program
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Over the next year, each Twelve Moments will highlight the role of music and sound in spiritual practices, and how these practices sustain us in the face of current challenges. For the month of August, the Rothko Chapel presents a family-friendly contemplative experience focused on mindfulness and music, led by representatives of the Texas Children's Hospital Music Therapy Program including Marial Biard, Alix Brickley, and Michael Way.
About the Twelve Moments series
Since 2005, the Rothko Chapel has shared a monthly contemplative practice featuring different spiritual and faith traditions. Taking place on the first Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm, this series engages teachers and religious leaders from the greater Houston community, providing opportunities to learn more about specific traditions and participate in a contemplative practice.
About the presenters
The Music Therapy Program at Texas Children’s Hospital focuses on creating a safe environment for children and families to relax, have fun, learn, grow, and express themselves through music. Music therapy activities include active music engagement, developmental stimulation through music, movement to music, engaging with music videos and audio recordings, directed singing, songwriting, and therapeutic music instruction.
Marial Biard joined the music therapy team at TCH in 2016. Marial became a board-certified music therapist after completing her Master’s in Music Therapy at Colorado State University and her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Louisiana State University. Marial is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist, gaining Fellowship status in 2019. She currently serves as the Internship Director and the Acute Care music therapist, working with patients in West Tower (Inpatient Rehab Unit, Medical/Surgical Unit, Neurology Unit, and Pulmonary and Adolescent Medicine Unit).
Alix Brickley joined the music therapy team at TCH as an intern in 2016 and as an employee in 2017. Alix earned her music therapy board-certification after receiving her Master’s in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University and her Bachelor’s in Music: Vocal Performance from the University of Denver. Alix is a certified NICU-MT through the National Institute for Infant & Child Medical Music Therapy and has completed Tier I of the First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, and Lullaby training. She currently serves the Texas Children's Hospital Newborn Center and facilitates Good Grief Group for TCH staff.
Michael Way joined the music therapy team at TCH in 2018. Michael became a board-certified music therapist after completing his Bachelor’s in Music Therapy at Sam Houston State University. Michael later received his Master’s in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University and is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist. He currently serves as the Nephrology music therapist, working with patients throughout the hospital (Inpatient Nephrology, Kidney Transplants, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, and Renal Clinics).