A Joyful Noise School of Music

June 15, 2010 15:49 ET

Cross-Canada Bike Tour for Canadian Centre for Music and Classroom Therapy Begins Canada Day in Victoria

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) - A cross-Canada bike tour to raise funds for the construction of the Canadian Centre for Music and Classroom Therapy will begin July 1, 2010, in Vancouver, BC. The tour will also seek to raise awareness of the Centre's mission to use music for the clinical treatment of a wide range of medical issues, particularly autism.

"We are only beginning to understand the tremendous therapeutic power of music," says Charles Lage, President of A Joyful Noise School of Music and the man who will be cycling across Canada this summer. "The Centre will be based in Winnipeg and will provide a not-for-profit facility to provide intensive musical therapy and classroom instruction in social and cognitive skills for all Canadians. It will also include research facilities to advance the clinical understanding of how music can be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions."

Lage, an adult survivor of autism, is based Hazelridge, Manitoba (approximately 30 kilometers east of Winnipeg). In addition to his professional work as a piano tuner, he leads A Joyful Noise School of Music. Along with others who have been personally touched by the healing power of music, A Joyful Noise School of Music has refurbished pianos donated to their school which are then restored or directly given to the families of those living with autism.

"Over and over, we have seen how music provides a tremendously important tool for treating those with autism," said Lage. "Through this bicycle tour, we are going to share the dream of a national centre that will further our understanding of how music can heal the mind and the body. As Canadians come to see our vision, I am certain that they will help us build the dream of a National Centre for Music and Classroom Therapy."

If you would like to donate please click the following weblink: http://www.ajoyfulnoiseschoolofmusic.com/tour.htm.

For an interview with Charles Lage please call Scott Wazney.

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