The Healing Power of Music
Research has shown again and again the undeniable healing power of music. One Interlochen alumnus is providing tangible evidence of that power, through work with soldiers who have sustained life-changing injuries on the field of battle, helping them find focus, voice and hope through conservatory-level training in music.
Arthur Bloom, an Interlochen Arts Camp alumnus, professional musician, and composer, launched MusiCorps after meeting a soldier who had lost his leg to an improvised explosive device in Iraq. “He had been a drummer, and was concerned about how he would ever play the drums again, among other very big concerns,” says Bloom. “His life was literally blown up in every sense of the word. When I talked to him, of course my reaction was – like anyone else’s would be – how may I help?”