Our mission involves using the universal effectiveness of music to engage, inspire and enrich a population of individuals who are unique in every sense of the word. Our programming encompasses everything from very basic rhythm and movement to on stage, professional performance and studio recordings.
It is the overall accessibility of music itself that creates the opportunity for each and EVERY participant to be included; to participate and to find success. Music does not judge and yes, the experience is complicated and hard to quantify.
However, results are seen in interpersonal relationships and an increased awareness of socially acceptable behaviors. Band Together Pittsburgh is working in partnership with the Highlands Hospital Autism Center (affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic as well as music therapists from Seton Hill University. Through these partnerships a scholarly measurement tool will be created to effectively capture the successes of our programming and communicate them throughout the community.
Band Together Pittsburgh (BTP) is a recognized, tax exempt 501 (c) 3 organization which has been formed by members of the Pittsburgh music community. Our mission is to enrich the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum, through participation, education and mentorship, using the power of music.
BTP will begin their formal mobile music lab project early in 2017.
The goal of Band Together’s Mobile Music Lab program is to expose those on the autism spectrum (and their families) to professional, high quality music instruction and performance. Furthermore, it is our purpose to utilize music instruction and performance to help to engage students and facilitate communication, emotion and behavior management and to help to create a fuller life experience. Utilizing Band Together Pittsburgh’s over 60 years of experience in the Pittsburgh music scene, we will create a traveling music laboratory with instruments, recording gear and professional instruction along with an ongoing mentorship program designed to not only provide engaging, effective music instruction but also to utilize music to foster meaningful relationships and concentrate on communication and other interpersonal skills.
Additionally, we will create the social infrastructure necessary for families who are often challenged to find programming that accommodates those on the spectrum, whose behavior is often unpredictable, providing a performance venue and fellowship.
Lastly, it is our vision that, through these programs, that we can change perspectives of what those on the spectrum are capable of; creating a more fulfilling life and being an inspiration to others.