by Grace Clements, Music Therapist
There is a new face joining us at Easter Seals this year in the Music Therapy Department. Her name is Sabrina Stafford and she comes to us from Temple University. She is currently a second-semester senior studying Music Therapy with a concentration in classical voice. As part of her training, she needs to accrue 1000 clinical hours at Easter Seals. This’ll take her through until the Fall of this year!
Sabrina has been pursuing music since the first grade when she began taking piano lessons. Her love for music has opened up many opportunities for her such as being a member of a number of choruses and even singing at the Kimmel Center. It wasn’t until college that Sabrina discovered Music Therapy.
In her spare time Sabrina is also an employee in the Activities Department in a Nursing Home in West Philly. Sabrina enjoys brightening the environment of the nursing home with familiar song. Recreating music from the 50’s and 60’s allows residents with memory issues to reminisce and become more acquainted with reality.
Easter Seals appeared to be the perfect fit for Sabrina due to her natural affinity for working with children with Special Needs. In fact, she is the eldest of two siblings who have special needs. This is a population that is near and dear to her heart. She has seen how music has been able to act as a means of communication, self-expression, and enjoyment for her and her siblings. Sabrina came to Easter Seals in hopes that she could pass the gift and benefits of music to the children who attend here.