Music therapy in Oklahoma State University’s Child Development Lab- Rise Program once again benefitted from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tulsa performance December 16. The group presented a check for $10,625. This is the third year TSO has selected the CDL-Rise music therapy program to receive a portion of its Tulsa ticket sales resulting in over $35,000 going to the program.
“We are thrilled with the generous support the Trans Siberian Orchestra and Stone City Attractions has provided and continues to provide to the music therapy program in the CDL -Rise Program,” said Diana Ross, Director of the CDL-Rise program. “The donations in the past have been used to purchase additional musical equipment and support the music therapy program.”
Music therapist, Robbin Buford, said the gift will make a difference for each child. “Music reaches students in ways other methods of learning can’t,” Bufford said. “With the previous TSO gifts we have been able to purchase specialized instruments that have enhanced the program and amplified what we are able to do.” She uses the piano, guitar, percussion instruments and singing to improve social and motor skills as well as develop musical talent.
In August the Rise School of Stillwater integrated with the Cleo L. Craig Foundation Child Development Laboratory in the Human Development and Family Science Department of the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Located on the OSU campus, the CDL-Rise program provides an inclusive environment for children ages 12 months through five years. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and meets the criteria set by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to be rated as a Three-Star facility.