PROJECT MAESTRO is a collaborative music gifting program designed to get the Beamz Interactive Music System into the hands of individuals, families, professionals, and organizations that have members with special needs. It also supports those individuals and organizations with a variety of training, education, therapeutic lesson plans and activities.
Share Your Blessings believes that music is a powerful means to help people of all ages and abilities unlock a variety of educational, social and therapeutic benefits while having fun. The benefits of listening to music are well known for stress relief, brain fitness, invoking memories, improving communication and participation in socialization activities given that the brain processes music using both hemispheres. Beyond listening to music, however, interacting with music via movement and engaging in activity making and/or performing music provides even greater extraordinary benefits for increased brain activity, enabling even more opportunities for wellness, skill-building, skill- maintenance and improved quality of life.
With its recreational music-making orientation and universal design, the Beamz Interactive Music System (“Beamz”) enables people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the fun of music-making while simultaneously enriching their learning, therapy, and fun experiences with interactive music. Beamz also creates inclusive opportunities for families, different generations, and people of varying abilities to play together, expanding the relationships and reach of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and special needs, such as down syndrome, autism, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, visual impairment, intellectual impairment, physical impairment, and much more. In addition, Beamz can be used in very specific ways to target skill development or extend physical and cognitive therapies at home, in schools, and in various organizational settings. Beamz is totally accessible and is compatible if your family member requires the use of a switch, adapted keyboard, touch surface, an eye gaze, or other access method. The Project Maestro program donates the Beamz Interactive Music System, along with a range of interactive music, content, guides, and other supporting materials, to qualifying individuals, families, schools, and/or organizations depending on the needs of the recipients.
Project Maestro has provided numerous eligible individuals and organizations with the above described Beamz Interactive Music System, along with related therapy, education, recreation, support programs and materials that utilize music and play to engage individuals with special needs. Since inception, this includes donating over 1,100 Beamz Systems (reaching thousands of individuals with a variety of special needs) to families and organizations that are struggling with the substantial cost associated with various disabilities – helping these affected individuals learn and grow with their physical, cognitive, communicative, sensory and social/emotional skills. Recipients includes the following major categories: