Yamaha Recorders Make All the Difference at Beth Israel's Music & Health Clinic

10/31/2008 [Brass/Woodwinds]

Yamaha Continues to Support The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine; Instruments Provide a Wealth of Benefits to Children and Adults with Asthma, Pulmonary and Heart Diseases

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, is pleased to continue its support of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, a part of the respected New York-based Beth Israel Medical Center. Yamaha initiated its support in 2007 with the donation of 200 recorders to be used in a music therapy program for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease, as well as in music therapy for children and teenagers with asthma.

Beth Israel Hospital Recorder Donation
Yamaha donates recorders to be used in music therapy
Opened in 2006, The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine provides music therapy research opportunities complementing medical treatments for children and teens with asthma and adults with chronic pulmonary or heart disease. The Center also addresses the unique medical needs of musicians and performing artists using music as part of the treatment process. The Center hosts a medical director, a team of music therapists and specialized doctors who can attend to the physical and emotional needs of the patients. They provide a broad range of services throughout the medical center and within the community.

"We are committed to continuing our support of this important program," states Ted Kuehnert, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Accessories. "We are proud that Yamaha recorders are playing a major role in advancing the field of music therapy in health care."

Yamaha has become an industry leader in advancing research in the area of music and wellness. In addition to the company's support of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, the company also spearheaded the Clavinova Connection (www.clavinovaconnection.com), an innovative keyboard-based music-making program scientifically proven to provide wellness benefits, including stress reduction. The company also created the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, (www.yamahainstitute.org) an organization supporting the notion that active music participation can ultimately become an effective, integral healthy lifestyle strategy for people throughout the world.

"The Yamaha recorders are easy to play and have the clearest tone of all the recorders currently on the market," said Dr. Joanne V. Loewy, Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine. "The recorders provide easy incentive for breathing, which creates a playful and musical mechanism for breathing with others. The instruments elicit a musical 'ensemble' feeling enhanced through group wind-playing improvisational music therapy."

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail infostation@yamaha.com; or visit www.yamaha.com/band.

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