The old and the new

July 13, 2011
The old and the new
One of my former teachers, Itzhak Perlman, with Lulu Chen, a six year-old from New York, about to embark on her first violin lesson. This is yet another example of why the VMI Project is important to me, specifically. Seeing the joy that Lulu has for music only motivates me to find ways for others like her to have opportunities within their public school system to engage in meaningful arts education. While we may have differences, my hope is that the VMI Project help uncover the roots that connect us emotionally and socially, through music.
 

Holland Bloorivew and the VMI

July 13, 2011
As Canada’s leading children’s rehabilitation hospital, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital provides the best comprehensive care for children born with disabilities and those recovering from accidents or injuries. Located in a state-of-the-art facility in Toronto, Bloorview sees approximately 7,000 children each year, with conditions that include brain and spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy and genetic disorders.

 Holland Bloorview takes a holistic approach t...
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An Introduction

July 13, 2011
Given my background as a musician with a disability, it has now become a mandate of my career to bridge a small niche of this divide: classical performance within a rehabilitative healthcare setting. This commitment in my life has evolved into several chamber music initiatives with the Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre in Toronto, Ontario, where I have joined a team of music therapists, educators, and researchers to allow children with disabilities to participate in classical music making using ada...
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The VMI Initiative


The VMI Initiative is an ongoing project, founded in 2009 through a grant from Yale University. The project is now in collaboration with Vigour Projects, an organization aimed at using research as a tool for social advocacy. In 2011, the VMI Initiative received a generous grant from the Holland Bloorview Foundation in Toronto, Canada.

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