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Schnurmacher & IMNF Celebrate Donation of Marimba to Westchester’s Pioneering Music Therapy Program

Schnurmacher & IMNF Celebrate Donation of Marimba to Westchester’s Pioneering Music Therapy Program

The music therapists and the residents of Schnurmacher Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, a member of CenterLight Health System, unwrapped a powerful gift of musical healing today, with the donation of a new 4.3 Octave Dynasty Padauk Marimba.  The Deupree Family Foundation purchased the performance quality instrument –which is treasured for its tactile tonality and deep reaching sonic resonance – for Schnurmacher’s music therapy program.

“With this generous donation from the Deupree Family Foundation and the assistance of Dr. Tina F. Chan, PhD, the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) at Schnurmacher Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has one more therapeutic tool to captivate and hold the attention of even patients with limited cognitive ability,” states IMNF Executive Director and Co-Founder Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino.

This newest instrument for Schnurmacher’s music therapy program was celebrated with an inaugural public performance by renowned Marimbist and Vibes virtuoso Allan Molnar and IMNF Music Therapist Marlon Sobol as well as Schnurmacher’s own resident Spanish Band under the direction of IMNF Intern, Rachel Bond.

The Marimba is becoming a significant addition to the instrument arsenal of music therapists working with people recovering from traumatic brain injuries, stroke, and afflicted with such Neurological disorders as Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s Disease and MS. At once powerful and soothing, the Marimba enables patients to literally “feel the music,” particularly at lower range octaves.

Of African origin, the Marimba is among the most dominant of all Latin American influenced percussion instruments.  It remains a powerful force in Latino musical traditions, whether in Guatemala (where it is the national instrument) or in the canciones of Mexico and Cuba among other Central and South American nations.

“Now,” adds Dr. Tomaino, “that force extends to the healing power of music as well.”

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Pictured L-R: Nicholas Deupree, son of Taylor Deupree and Dr. Tina Chan, IMNF President and co-founder Dr. Concetta Tomaino, Schnurmacher resident Rosemary Armas, Schnurmacher consulting psychologist Dr. Tina Chan, Taylor Deupree, Deupree Family Foundation, Schnurmacher resident Marta Rodgrigues, Schnurmacher Administrator Karen Blick, Schnurmacher/IMNF Music Therapist Marlon Sobol and premier Marimbist Allan Molnar.