Special Music Programs
Linda runs programs for people with Multiple Sclerosis for the NYC Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and 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.
Linda plays flute in a latin drumming program at Golden Gate Health Care, a longterm care facility in Staten Island, NY. Working with Puerto Rican percussionist Jose Ocasio, this weekly program teaches residents of Golden Gate to play different Latin music pieces in preparation for concerts and special events. Drumming breaks down social barriers and promotes freedom of expression. Residents leave the program with a greater sense of self-esteem. In addition to participating in the drumming program, Linda also works with bed-ridden residents using different types of music to aid in relaxation and pain management.
Staten Island MS Drumming Group