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A Musical Legacy


We would like to take a moment to remember Stephen Peter Bruzgulis (Feb 25, 1947 – March 17, 2016). A musician, songwriter, and recording studio artist, he generously shared his musical talents with older adults as a Joy Giver volunteer. Even now, he makes music for those in need through a truly amazing legacy gift to our programs. Thank…

Combat Illness By Taking Control of Your Health

fishing older adult

By Jason Lewis, Guest Author As we age, taking care of our physical and mental health can be tough. It is common for seniors to feel like they’re losing control of their health as aging leads them to decline. It is normal for our physical health to decline as we age. Suddenly, we can no longer…

Advanced Music Planning

Young carer walking with the elderly woman in the park

By Josh Little, volunteer. Cognitive impairment as a result of things like stroke, dementia, head trauma, and Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of older adults across the globe. Drugs used to treat these conditions often have side effects, so health experts are increasingly interested in non-pharmacological treatment methods. Music therapy is one of the most promising,…

Visit to REMO in Valencia


by Mychelle Mowry The sun was just rising over the hills as Barbara pulled into my driveway.  A road trip! It took us a little over 4 hours to get to our destination but wow was it worth it!  Remo is the “drummers” drumhead company.  Remo Belli passed away last year, but not before becoming…

7th annual ‘Heart of a Child’ benefit concert tomorrow

April 27, 2018 by  KUSI Newsroom “Heart of a Child” has become the premier showcase of young musical talent in San Diego. 18 acts (soloists to large groups) of vocalists and instrumentalists (ages 10-22) spanning genres of pop/rock, hip hop, country, jazz, classical, a capella, and musical theatre will be performing.   Watch the video

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Encinitas’ Merrick Hanna to Headline 2018 Heart of a Child Benefit Concert


POSTED BY CHRIS JENNEWEIN ON APRIL 17, 2018 Original Posting:   Merrick Hanna of Encinitas on “America’s Got Talent.” Image courtesy NBC The 7th annual Heart of a Child benefit concert on April 28 will feature 13-year-old “America’s Got Talent” star Merrick Hanna from Encinitas. The annual concert is the premier showcase of San Diego’s young musical talent, and benefits Resounding Joy’s Ariana Miller Music…

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Concert benefits music therapy for sick kids


By Linda McIntosh, Contact Reporter Story reprinted from  Inspired by an Olivenhain girl who loved music, a group of accomplished young musicians are set to perform in a once a year musical program to raise money for music therapy for hospitalized kids. The Heart of a Child Concert on April 28, which benefits the Ariana Miller…

India Joy Giver Experience – Summary


India Joy Giver Program January 6-12 By Annela Flores, Program Director          Our second week of the International Joy Giver program was mostly focused on advocacy and education. On Jan. 6th, we boarded a train to Chennai to visit the Music Therapy Center of Education and Research in Pondicherry. Traveling by train is truly the…

India Joy Giver Experience – Day 5


Fifth Day of Clinical Work By Sarah Murrin and Kendall Edmonds Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India   The Resounding Joy India team’s first site for the day was a care facility for older adults. This was the second time this week that the team facilitated sessions in this location. The team was well equipped and mentally…

India Joy Giver Experience – Day 2


Second Day of Clinical Work By: Katie Rahn Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India   Today was our second day of clinical work in India, and it was an incredible experience to say the least. The morning began at the special needs school, and this was our second time at this site. I originally felt much more prepared…

Resounding Joy Harnesses the Therapeutic Power of Music

 Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017 Lindsay Zehren, Director of Special Projects for Resounding Joy, and a music therapist, gave a presentation on October 5, 2017 about how she uses music to enrich the lives of her clients.  Lindsay got her presentation off to a musical start- she played her guitar while singing…