What comes to mind when you hear the words “Musical Therapy?” Is it peaceful, quiet music? Or meditative instrumentals?
These tranquil elements are also part of musical therapy, but it encompasses so much more. The definition of therapy is “treatment intended to relieve or heal.” Music can be used in so many ways, to do just that. God calls each of us to use our gifts and talents to glorify and honor Him in the healing of our communities and relationships.
In this book, you will discover that each letter in “M-U-S-I-C-A-L-T-H-E-R-A-P-Y” has a very unique meaning to aid in the understanding of musical therapy as a whole. Whether you use music to inspire, encourage, or bring harmony, Musical Therapy will help you focus on the power of music in light of the gracious love of our God.
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Mrs. Dion McNeal-Lucas is an alumnus and athletic hall of fame track and field thrower from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She earned two bachelor's degrees—one in mathematics and secondary education—and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from UMKC. Mrs. Lucas is a veteran math teacher and wellness coach with more than 15 years of experience. She is the former math department chair at Grissom High School in Huntsville, Alabama, and was awarded 2018 Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Lucas is a professional drummer and percussionist who enjoys integrating music into her lesson plans. She is active in the music ministry at First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. She is also a published author and songwriter, and you may visit www.MrsDionLucas.com to learn more about her books and music. Her favorite song is titled “Ordinary People” by Danniebelle Hall because she likes to be an ordinary person doing extraordinary things for her community and country.
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Mrs. Deborah McNeal is an alumnus of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she received a bachelor's degree in secondary math education. Later she received her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas Wesleyan University. With over forty years of experience, she currently teaches mathematics at Parkway West High School in Ballwin, Missouri, and enjoys incorporating music into her lesson plans. She is also the first lady of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri, where her husband, Rev. Dr. Donald Ray McNeal, is pastor.
Mrs. McNeal is active in her church's music ministry by playing the piano and being a youth director. This talented lady is skilled in five other instruments as well, and uses them to influence communities with her musical therapy through praise and worship. Her favorite song is “All in His Hands” by Dr. Charles Hayes because she puts everything in God's hands and encourages others to do the same.
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