Dr. Jacobi Honored - June 2017 

Month of the Military Child - April 2017 

March 25, 2017 - The Landings Club Event 

April 2016 - Military Family Programs 

Kiwanis Continues for Sixth Year - October 2014 

Month of the Military Child - April 2014 Feedback 

Month of Military Child - April 2014 

Kiwanis Financial Support Again - October 2013 

American Music Therapy Assoc. - October 2012 

Kiwanis Support for MMI Continues - October 2012 

Month of the Military Child - April 2012 

Month of the Military Child - April 2011 

MMI Hosts Training Session - January 2011 

The Landings Association - November 2010 

Kiwanis Continues MMI Support - September 2010 

Cinco de Mayo - May 2010 

Fundraising Concert - November 2009 

MMI Program Featured - October 2009 

Kiwanis Awards Grant to MMI - Sept. 2009 

MMI Receives Grant for Instruments - July 2009 

Music Medicine and Military Families - June 2009 

MMI Featured on WTOC-TV - April 2009 

U.S. Service Members Honored - June 2009 

Community Health Mission Fundraiser - April 2009 

MMI Introduction - Spring 2009 

MMI and Live Oak Libraries Partner in April for Month of the Military Child

As part of its programs serving the needs of the families of Savannah’s heroic, often deployed servicemen and women, the Music Medicine Institute (MMI) and the Live Oak Public Libraries presented a series of free events to coincide with April’s nationwide celebration of the Month of the Military Child.


Of special note was a one-day program held Saturday, April 16 at the new Southwest Chatham Library located near the Savannah Mall and just outside the Rio Gate of Hunter Army Airfield.


“MMI has a long-standing and continuing commitment to help the children of our fighting men and women cope, through music therapy interventions, with the long and increasingly frequent overseas deployments of their parents,” says Elizabeth Jacobi, founder director the MMI.  “Our partnership with the Live Oaks Public Libraries is just one more way we are reaching out to this important and deserving group of our Savannah neighbors.”


Savannah-area Kiwanians and other individuals provided invaluable volunteer support for the entire program.


Below are highlights of the April 16 program:


Throughout the day, children used a variety of musical instruments and imaginative musical activities to learn about teamwork, being kind, staying self-controlled, and making an effort to accomplish positive outcomes.


Jeannelle Benek, MA, HPMT, MT-BC (red blouse), a guest session leader, and the Gathering Drum, made possible through the generosity of the group of very special ladies below.








Guest session leader Denise (Dede) Ondishko, Ph.D.:


"I was very pleased with how comfortable the children were in exploring sound and participating in the games, learning, applauding and laughing together.  We are all different, we ae all meeting each other for the first time and yet we work well together making music!  The magic and joy of this experience showed on the faces of the children and parents who looked on.  I'm so very glad you invited me to participate and lead some of the activities.  I look forward to you next event!." 






"Great program!  I would bring my child again.  The idea of mixing music with medicine is brilliant!!!  I wish this program can spread throughout the nation so it can benefit more families, especially military families."  Miguel Rodriguez, father of Santiago, age 6, who attended every one of the program's seven sessions.



Linda Powell, MM, FAMI, guest session leader, had participating children experience the wonders of stories, music and imagery... 








...and in Orff Music activities, a fun way to explore and create music, using xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels to accompany songs and to improvise their own melodies.