The GRAMMY Museum Open its Doors to Phoenix House Students from the Phoenix Rising Music Program

Friday, November 30th, 2012
The GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles, CA

The GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles, CA

Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles was thrilled to recently host a visit from AEG, one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world.  After touring the Academy and grounds with Pouria Abbassi, P.E., Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Phoenix Houses of California, our visitors generously extended a return invitation for Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles students to tour the GRAMMY Museum located downtown, in the L.A. Live entertainment district.

Throughout the past month John Morabito, Phoenix House Senior Music Director, has taken over a dozen students to the GRAMMY Museum for private tours. “They saw the chance to give them an opportunity,” said John about AEG and the GRAMMY Museum, “an opportunity to experience something they might not otherwise be exposed to.”

Highly technological and beautifully built, the GRAMMY Museum exhibits are interactive, offering detailed displays of lyrics and stories.  The thrilled teens explored the 30,000 square foot homage to popular music, learning about the culture and history behind popular tunes. “They were surprisingly engaged,” said John.  “There’s so much there that each kid can just go to whatever artist or music period they love.”

A Phoenix House teen plays the drums at a GRAMMY Museum exhibit

A Phoenix House teen plays the drums at a GRAMMY Museum exhibit

Our students played a variety of instruments, mixed their own songs under the guidance of producers, and sang along with their favorite artists only to hear their own voice in the playback, to name a few.

“They really surprised me,” Director Morabito said with a smile.  “The students who went thoroughly enjoyed it – thoroughly.  I knew they would get a lot out of it, but they got even more out of it than I thought they would.”

But that’s not all.  After such a terrific experience, Phoenix House plans to make Museum tours a bi-weekly event at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles with an ongoing invitation from the GRAMMY Museum.  Thanks to their generosity, Phoenix House students will have many upcoming opportunities to educate and express themselves through music.

The Phoenix Rising Music Program, created by Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi, is an expressive arts therapy program that encourages our young clients to express themselves through music.  The Phoenix Rising Music Program engages young clients in the treatment process and gives them an effective way to gain a deeper sense of self-understanding.  The program currently runs nationwide at three Phoenix House Academies: Los Angeles, CA, Westchester, NY and Austin, TX.  We’re looking forward to opening our next studio at the Phoenix House Citra Center in Florida.  Find out more about programs and services at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles, or call us today at: 1 888 671 9392.

Nearly 600 young people are served each year in three Phoenix House Academies in California, where treatment is tailored to serve teenagers who grapple with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health issues simultaneous to their addictions. This approach has received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & Practices.

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