Imagine being a school-aged student who has just lived through the trauma of Hurricane Maria. Your community is devastated and you are sent to Kissimmee to live with some distant family members whom you have never met while your family struggles to recover from hurricane damages.
To make matters feel even more foreign, you speak no English. Although these students may not speak English, WE ALL SPEAK MUSIC.
Music has the power to help these students heal and make immediate connections with their band, chorus or orchestra. We need your help in providing this healing gift.
We are in greatest need of monetary funds to provide new instruments to the students that we have welcomed from Puerto Rico and other areas devastated by recent hurricanes. Any donation amount would help us to provide the gift of healing music to a student in need.Donate Now
We would also gratefully accept the following:
You may contact us to come pick up items, or they may be delivered to:
The School District of Osceola County
attn: Pamela Haas
c/o Curriculum and Instruction
817 Bill Beck Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Disney, Universal Studios and Other Local Companies Support MusicHelpsHeal.org and the Students from Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands
ORLANDO, Fla. - The MusicHelpsHeal.org initiative was kicked off recently by the School District of Osceola County and Live Music Tutor Inc. and has continued to pick up great steam. The program which was started to help the students displaced from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands due to hurricane Maria is using music to address the emotional and social needs caused by the storm.
In a Kissimmee classroom, displaced students from Puerto Rico find normalcy in music
For two months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, 15-year-old Eduard Santiago Rosado put down his drumsticks and picked up a machete, helping family and neighbors in Puerto Rico clear out their streets of debris.
Música para sanar a los niños boricuas en Florida
Kissimmee, Florida – La veintena de jóvenes comenzó a ejecutar, de forma simultánea, la misma nota musical en cada uno de sus instrumentos. Trombones, saxofones, trompetas, clarinetes…todos buscaban alinearse en la misma frecuencia buscando el 440, la afinación perfecta.
The School District of Osceola County and Live Music Tutor Tune in to the Emotional and Social Needs of Students Displaced by Hurricanes
The School District of Osceola County and Live Music Tutor Inc. announce the launch of an initiative that will help the students displaced from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. While local and state government in Florida continue to help those impacted by Hurricane Maria, The School District of Osceola County's performing arts leaders Debbie Fahmie and Pam Haas along with Ted Gee, President of Live Music Tutor Inc., have launched efforts to address the emotional and social needs of the displaced students by using the many benefits of music as part of the transitional therapy.
Music helps new students transition and heal
Osceola County, FL – Imagine being a school-aged student who has just lived through the trauma of Hurricane Maria. Your community is devastated and you are sent to Kissimmee to live with some distance family members whom you have never met while your family struggles to recover from hurricane damages.
"From the Heart" Radio Interview
"From the Heart" radio show interviews talented and passionate artists who shape the Central Florida arts community. It introduces influential leaders and artists in the community who make a difference. Listen to the latest episode featuring Ted Gee, the Co-Founder and President of Live Music Tutor.
Attorney for Osceola County School District
Osceola County School Board Chairman
Osceola County School Board Member
Osceola County Commissioner
Gateway High School
The Osceola County business community and the School District came together in 1985 to form a partnership designed to bolster the efforts of schools in creating quality education. This partnership produced The Education Foundation. The Education Foundation has been designated to collect the funds for Music Helps Heal. You may donate by completing the form on their site and using your credit card, securely. On the form, please select "Music Helps Heal" when asked the question "Where would you like your donation to be used?".
Imagine being a school-aged student who has just lived through the trauma of Hurricane Maria. Your community is devastated and you are sent to Kissimmee to live with some distant family members whom you have never met while your family struggles to recover from hurricane damages. You are accustomed to your small, intimate school in Puerto Rico where everyone knows each other. You are sent to a very large school where there are strangers at every turn. To make matters feel even more foreign, you speak no English. This is such an overwhelming experience for someone to go through at such a young age.
Currently, there are over 2,300 students recently enrolled in the Osceola School District. With 25 – 50 enrolling every day, those numbers will continue to climb. How does the school system even begin to help these children transition and heal? We are so fortunate to live in a community that has come together with initiatives that provide many of the basic needs, such as clothes, food, and school supplies. Debbie Fahmie and Pam Haas head up the Fine and Performing Arts Department of the School District of Osceola County. They quickly realized that many of these students are bringing musical talents and a creative passion with them as they arrive. Debbie Fahmie says, “They may not speak English, but they DO speak music. In the band or orchestra room there is a language that immediately unites them and gives them a sense of belonging. Many of these students are living with distant family members and so the sense of family is lost, but in the music room, they instantly become a part of a like-minded family.” The arts programs are welcoming these students with open arms. The problem is getting an instrument put into their hands. The demand is so great, that the existing inventory of school-owned instruments has quickly depleted.
During this time of transition, inclusion in a school or after-school music program can offer these disadvantaged students so many therapeutic benefits. Until the children feel safe and accepted, it is hard for them to learn academically. The district is anxious to address the social and emotional needs of the newly-enrolled students in order for them to even begin to achieve academically. With that in mind, Debbie Fahmie and Pam Haas, along with one of their strategic partners in music education, LiveMusicTutor.com, are working with various local and national organizations to help fund an initiative to acquire additional instruments and bilingual music instructors. Live Music Tutor has been providing supplemental resources and music instructors for over three years to the School District of Osceola County, and will assist with providing bilingual instructors and obtaining instruments in support of this effort. “We would like to engage Osceola County and all of Central Florida in assisting with the efforts to assist these students going through this disruption in their lives and give them a place of comfort that we believe the universal language of music will provide,” says Ted Gee, President of Live Music Tutor Inc.
There are a lot of initiatives going on in support of this disaster, but the Arts Department of the School District, along with LiveMusicTutor.com, feels that the social and emotional benefits that music will provide is an immediate need that will help with the transition and all future successes these students will experience here in Florida.