Townsend School of Music at Mercer hoping to help thousands with Healing Arts Project

"We're hoping that this will change the world of anxiety and bring about peace."

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A project created by Mercer’s Townsend School of Music is hoping to help people all over the world.

The dean of the school, Dr. David Keith, created the Healing Arts Project after watching a video about a man suffering from dementia improvise on four notes. He quickly realized music’s ability to transform people.

“We’ve been suffering through the pandemic time, the anxiety and rest in all of us, what could be something that music might could help calm us down,” Dr. Keith said.

After thinking of a way to help the community, he gathered the music students, and they composed several musical pieces that were recorded and will be used to help people suffering from anxiety and stress.

Recent graduate Caleb Esmond recalls hearing about the project and wanting to help.

“There’s so much fear and anxiety not knowing what the future is going to hold, and I hope that this music that we’ve recorded can somehow speak to them,” Esmond said.

The music will be available this summer on more than 200 streaming platforms. The songs will also be uploaded on MP3 players that will be distributed to health care facilities in Macon.

If you are interested in receiving one, you can call Dr. Keith at (478) 301-5639.

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