The Third Annual Don’t Stop the Music event to help music therapy services will be in Tempe next month, featuring Ahwatukee Foothills musicians and music therapists.

Higher Octave Healing in Tempe is hosting the 24-hour pledge-drive event Oct. 5 and 6 where all musicians will compete to raise the most donations in a chance of winning a grand prize of a 12-hour recording studio session.

All of the event’s proceeds will benefit Higher Octave and the ASU Music Therapy Program.

One of the quintet’s members, Heather Stewart, said the group is excited to perform at the event again this year.

“Music helps, I think, to bring people out of their shyness,” said Stewart, of how music is therapeutic.

Stewart started playing the French horn in high school, before stopping for about 20 years. Since she picked it up again six years ago, she said having music back in her life is “incredible.”

“Exposing children to (music) and keeping it available in school programs is important,” Stewart added.

Higher Octave Healing provides music therapy to kids with developmental disabilities and adults in Hospice care, among many other services.

Emily Schmid, a music therapist who works in the Ahwatukee area, said her clients do a variety of activities with music. Whether it’s just listening to rhythms, learning instruments or associating emotions with sounds, every activity is engaging.

“That’s why cleverly designed music intervention can be used to help with so many different areas or weaknesses of our mind and body,” said Petra Paukova, a music therapy intern at Higher Octave.

“That all combined together with a knowledgeable music therapist can help stroke patients walk or talk again,” she added.

Higher Octave Healing provides music therapy, occupational therapy and other services to adults and children. Its therapists work from their base site in Tempe, as well as visit at homes and care facilities.

“Music naturally cues us human beings to pay attention to it,” Paukova said.

Don’t Stop the Music will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5 and go through 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the ASU Recital Hall, 40 E. Gammage Parkway.

For more information, call Higher Octave Healing at (480) 965-1082 or email


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