Buffalo school using music in a variety of ways

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - If you've ever doubted the power of music, Shai Notarius may change your tune.

“I put music on and I feel happy,” Shai said.

The 34-year-old has several mental disorders which is why she takes music therapy at Community Music School of Buffalo. She said it helps her cope with everyday life. “I joined because I wanted to learn how to sing better and how to get my feelings in check.”

Shai has bipolar disorder, and music is teaching her how to control her emotions. “It can bring her thoughts together and it can physically bring her body together and center herself,” said Music Therapist, Sara Rogers.

Community Music School isn't just using music to heal. It's also using music to educate. We stopped by a toddler class where music was being used for that purpose. “They're bonding with their parents, other parents, other kids. Just learning to be around other people and using music to enhance all that stuff,” explained Childhood Chair, Sean Crawford.

For Shai, music is doing much more. “It just helps me have a better meaning in life. And, I just feel happy when I sing and listen to music.”

Kind of just strikes a chord with you, doesn't it?

For more information on the Community Music School of Buffalo, click here. 

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