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Elizabeth Jacobi, PhD, RMT, FAMI-Founder/Director 

Ronald J. Jones - joins MMI as Exec. Director 

Candace Deshler - Music Therapist joins MMI 

Allison Boyd, Sara Longwell - Program Partners  

Jeannelle Benek, MA, HPMT, MT-BC 

Denise Ondishko, Ph.D.  

Chris Butler - Volunteer 

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Atlanta-based Music Therapists Partner in Long Running MMI Program for Savannah-area Military Families

Allison J. Boyd (left in photo) and Sara R. Longwell, of Metro Music Makers, Inc., a provider of in-home music lessons and music therapy in Atlanta since 1998, partnered with the Music Medicine Institute in that organization's annual program for military families during the April 2015 celebration of Month of the Military Child.

"We couldn't have been more delighted to have these two dedicated, talented music therapy professionals support one of our most important community-based programs," said Elizabeth Jacobi, MMI's founder and director, in announcing the partnership.

Ms. Boyd, MT-BC, is the founder and President of Metro Music Makers. She has worked with a broad spectrum of populations from neonates to geriatrics, and including mental health, early intervention, special needs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s, and abuse victims. She combines her music therapy experience with her love of teaching piano and other instruments, to offer successful, adaptive lessons to those who might struggle in a traditional private lesson environment.

Ms. Longwell, M.M.Ed, MT-BC, is the music therapy specialist at Metro Music Makers, working with children and adolescents to address a variety of needs associated with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy and other behavioral, neurological and psychiatric disorders.  She also teaches adaptive beginning and intermediate piano lessons, including specialized instruction for children and adolescents with special needs.

“Sara and I were very excited to participate in MMI's Month of the Military Child program," says Ms. Boyd of the new joint effort.  "I have first-hand experience with the challenges and issues that military families face, and I am grateful to have had this opportunity to work with the Institute, and with the children of military families it serves."