Seventeen year old Tatum Lynn has performed throughout the country singing, dancing and participating in local theater. Through her nonprofit @MusicAsTherapyUSA Tatum’s passion and goal is to increase the awareness and benefits of music therapy. Tatum Lynn, along with Marcus Weeden and Jared Johnson, Tatum Lynn formed the singing dance group “SuedeRoad” which combines dance and song into a fun and unique collaboration. Tatum Lynn, Marcus and Jared have danced competitively at Classic Image Dance for years. Their choreographer and instructor is the well renowned Chris Thomas.
As Miss Phoenix’s Outstanding Teen for 2016, Tatum Lynn used the platform “Music As Therapy” to be an advocate for outreach and teaching programs that provide hope to children and teens in crisis and those with special needs. She created a non-profit 501(c)(3) company called “Music As Therapy” to help raise money to assist those non-profit organizations that use music as part of their therapy. Since giving up her title, Tatum Lynn has continued to grow her nonprofit Music As Therapy to where she now support several nonprofits and schools that work with children and young adults with special needs. Tatum Lynn loves working with the kids and the therapist and the challenge to raise enough money to provide music therapy to several of her favorite schools and non-profit organizations that truly understand the importance of music therapy and the benefits from it.
Tatum Lynn also loves mentoring youth and enjoys the time she spends with the teens and young adults in various programs around the valley. She is excited about these opportunities and the need for friendship and understanding that all of these kids and teens deserve. Tatum Lynn has recorded the song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, a show tune from the 1945 Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, as a tribute to those in need, giving moral and emotional support. “Walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone”.
From a very young age, music has had a big influence in her life. When she is singing and dancing she loves the way it makes her feel, especially when she sees that the audience is smiling and having a good time. Tatum Lynn resides in Tempe, Arizona and is an incoming junior at Corona del Sol High School where she is involved in choir, student council and the performing arts.
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Tatum Lynn along with Marcus Weeden and Jared Johnson make up the singing and dance group “SuedeRoad”. Tatum Lynn, Marcus & Jared dance competitively at Classic Image Dance in Chandler, Arizona. Their choreographer and instructor is the well renowned Chris Thomas.
Most of us are familiar with the benefits of music. The influence of a song can calm our nerves after a stressful morning, get us pumped for a big event or even heal a broken heart. For many, music is a powerful transport to special times and places of memory and meaning. Music can reveal emotions, offer comfort and peace of mind. For hospitalized and special needs children and adults, music therapy enhances emotional well-being and promotes social, motor, cognitive, and communication skills. It can also be a therapeutic bridge that can take them far away from their pain, disease and isolation.
Currently, more and more medical doctors are recognizing the invaluable contributions that music therapy provides in helping patients heal. Music therapy is, in many ways, an essential part of a new way of thinking when it comes to treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Especially programs that provides hope to children and teens in crisis and those with special needs. As more individuals turn to alternative medicine, I believe that the need for music therapy is going to become greater. Many people don’t even know that it exists and that is what I want to change. My passion and goal is to increase the awareness of the benefits of music therapy and help raise more funds for existing programs that have the greatest need. There are many organizations that do not have the funding to have a music therapy program. We seek out proven providers that give children and young adults hope by using music therapy as part of their learning and healing process.
I have found that a little money goes a long way to help put a smile on someone’s face. 100% of all tax deductible donations to “Music As Therapy”, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company will go to purchasing music and/or instruments to aid in therapy. Please donate today, every dollar helps. “Walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone”. “Together we can change the world through music”.
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