Special Music Programs

Until March 2020, Linda ran programs for people with Multiple Sclerosis for the NYC Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and continues to run virtual programs for the Staten Island Multiple Sclerosis Group, Inc. In 2003, she received an award from the NYC Chapter of the MS Society for the unusual and varied programs she presented as facilitator for the Staten Island MS Adult Day Program. In 2012, in conjunction with the Staten Island Multiple Sclerosis Group, Inc. they received a grant from the Christopher Reeves Foundation for Whistle OutLoud. In this program, Linda taught people with MS to play the tin whistle to improve eye/hand co-ordination, stimulate cognitive function and improve group social skills as well as encouraging them to play with other musicians in the community.

Whistle OutLoud

Linda has also collaborated with Puerto Rican percussionist Jose Ocasio to provide a latin drumming program for people in long term care facilities. Drumming breaks down social barriers and promotes freedom of expression in addition to providing participants with a greater sense of personal creativity and self-esteem.

Staten Island MS Drumming Circle photoStaten Island MS Drumming Group