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The Aphasia Clefs

Hands in Harmony's Aphasia Clefs is our first performance-based therapeutic choir. The Aphasia Clefs is a Neurologic Music Therapy group facilitated by one of our licensed, board-certified Neurologic Music Therapists.


The choir is designed specifically for individuals who have Aphasia, a speech disorder that results from damage of brain as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other cause. Group members engage in Neurologic Music Therapy interventions to accomplish non-music health outcomes, including enhancing breathing, speech, eliciting memories, while increasing social engagement and establishing community support. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aphasia Clefs began meeting virtually two times per week to increase socialization, decrease anxiety, stress and isolation. Group members report that the sessions are the highlight of the week!

Hands in Harmony provides the group as a complimentary service, with donations from the community and community partners. Group members are able to access the group at no cost. 

The Aphasia Clefs have increased awareness and educated the community since their debut in 2019. They have performed their original songs and familiar songs to a wide variety of audiences, which included the following venues and performances:

Kent Hospital-Stroke Unit "Holiday Concert"

Just ASK Aphasia

McCoy Stadium-"National Anthem"

Rhode Island State Arts and Health Plan at the Graduate Providence (formally Providence Biltmore)

Trinity Rep

Weaver Library

University of Rhode Island

Independence Square Foundation-Holiday Concert

If you or someone you know are interested in joining, learning more about the group, or booking a performance with the Aphasia Clefs, contact us today!



This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.



Aphasia Clefs: Expanding Music in Healthcare and Communities

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