Music As Medicine Program

Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, reckoning, valiance, belonging, and gentle loving-kindness. Communities have come together to make music for millennia, keeping their spirits strong and nourished through hard times, while also celebrating the gifts of life. Together we hold a space that can heal the wounds inhibiting our ability to make music, learning both technically and emotionally how to free our voices into song. These workshops are open to music-makers of all levels. Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things we can do. 

In past workshops Lydia has partnered with artists and music groups such as Rising Appalachia, MaMuse, Amikaeyla Gaston, Melanie Demore, and more. In our Music As Medicine programming we explore songs passed down through generations to uplift and nourish, while drawing from international cultures, the Civil Rights movement, medicine songs, and improvisational experimentation.

Music As Medicine Salons and Programs are housed in Lydia's School for the Great Turning