Paulina Paras

Paras
I am an undergraduate team member on a Bass Connections research team that has collaborated with a non-profit music therapy program called Voices Together.

Degree

Neuroscience and Global Health ’19

Project Team

I am an undergraduate team member on a Bass Connections research team that has collaborated with a non-profit music therapy program called Voices Together.

Voices Together caters to children with autism from elementary schools in local counties. We are currently evaluating the efficacy of a “Teacher Toolbox” program to train teachers how to implement music therapy strategies into their classrooms.

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I have always been fascinated about the role of music in the cognitive and physical development of special needs children. My sister learned to sing before she could talk, and now as a seventeen year old, she spends hours at the piano daily. She knows the lyrics, artist, and album release date of almost any song. I have seen music have a strong impact on the development of her peers as well, and now working with Voices Together, I have had the opportunity to witness the efficacy of music therapy on the development of autistic individuals as well as all other people. Music is truly a powerful instrument on the brain!