Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual & Faith Traditions
Mindfulness for Families led by Texas Children's Hospital Music Therapy Program
Free registration with suggested contributions $5-10
Over the next year, each Twelve Moments will highlight the role of music and sound in spiritual practices, and how these practices sustain us in the face of current challenges. For the month of August, the Rothko Chapel presented a family-oriented, interactive contemplative experience focused on mindfulness and music, led by representatives of the Texas Children's Hospital Music Therapy Program including Marial Biard and Hillary Gómez. Ms. Marial and Ms. Hillary led us in 3 different approaches to achieving mindfulness through music at any age!
About the Twelve Moments series
Since 2005, the Rothko Chapel has shared a monthly contemplative practice featuring different spiritual and faith traditions. Taking place on the first Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm, this series engages teachers and religious leaders from the greater Houston community, providing opportunities to learn more about specific traditions and participate in a contemplative practice.
About the presenters
The Music Therapy Program at Texas Children’s Hospital focuses on creating a safe environment for children and families to relax, have fun, learn, grow, and express themselves through music. Music therapy activities include active music engagement, developmental stimulation through music, movement to music, engaging with music videos and audio recordings, directed singing, songwriting, and therapeutic music instruction.
Marial Biard joined the music therapy team at TCH in 2016. Marial became a board-certified music therapist after completing her Master’s in Music Therapy at Colorado State University and her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Louisiana State University. Marial is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist, gaining Fellowship status in 2019. She currently serves as the Internship Director and the Acute Care music therapist, working with patients in West Tower (Inpatient Rehab Unit, Medical/Surgical Unit, Neurology Unit, and Pulmonary and Adolescent Medicine Unit).
Hillary Gómez recently joined the music therapy team at TCH earlier this year. Hillary became a board-certified music therapist after completing her Master’s in Music Therapy at Sam Houston State University and her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Ave Maria University. Hillary currently serves as the Critical Care music therapist, working with patients in Legacy Tower (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Transitional Intensive Care Unit, Heart Failure Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Heart Center, and Cardiac Patient Care Unit).