The Pollination Project:
Monica Metzler is a musician and teacher in Portland, Oregon who
worked as a Specialist in Children’s hospitals using therapeutic music
with patients. She works with My Voice Music to develop
free workshops for teenagers living with chronic and terminal illnesses
and who are facing depression, isolation, and low self-esteem.
is a positive therapeutic tool that teaches youth how to release
emotions in a healthy, productive way. Having access to a program that
involves mentoring, self-reflection, songwriting, and a supportive
community helps build confidence and coping mechanisms.” says Monica.
Using both traditional and non-traditional instruments and methods,
these workshops focus on music as an exploratory process of discovery
and self-actualization. These workshops include weekly journaling,
percussion jams, instrument instruction, songwriting techniques,
sessions with guest musicians, and opportunities to perform and record
original music. At the end of the workshop, students will showcase their
original compositions in a performance open to the community. By
recording the students’ songs in a professional studio, they will be
distributed and available to the public through My Voice Music’s website
and CD’s. Any teenager in the 9th-12th grade with a documented chronic,
terminal, or mental illness will be eligible for this free music
The funds from The Pollination Project will be used for purchasing
instruments and promotion for the project. To learn more about the
Songwriting Workshop for Teens with Chronic & Terminal Illnesses, check out the My Voice website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.