The FSU College of Music is pleased to congratulate Assistant Professor of Music Therapy Lori Gooding, recipient of the $1,000 “Awesome Award” from the Tallahassee chapter of the Awesome Foundation for her anti-bullying project.
For those not familiar with the award, further explanation might be in order. According to their website, the Awesome Foundation (established in 2009) is “a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's ‘trustees’ and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.”
Dr. Gooding’s music-therapy-based prevention program will receive a trial run at The Magnolia School, a K-8 private school located in Tallahassee.
“The program is called "DRUM Out Bullying," Gooding explained, “and it focuses on bullying education as well as fostering healthy social-emotional skills.”
As part of the program, College of Music faculty and student instructors from the Music Therapy program will partner with the Magnolia School teachers and K-5 students to offer music interventions like drumming and song writing to teach participants how to recognize and respond to bullying. A total of seven sessions will be offered, three for students in grades K-2 and three for grades 3-5, plus a final community-wide session, which will highlight program concepts and promote a sense of community by sharing the musical experiences of the students, teachers, and parents.