Beat Therapy




Ashland Elementary School

Beat Therapy’s program at Ashland Elementary School aims to foster confidence in young people to be musicians beyond the traditional, professional sense. Through music we create a social environment where kids learn to express emotions, work as a team, practice creativity, and pursue curiosity, all while building relationships among each other and with volunteers.


Back to Rock

Bach to Rock aims to provide musical enrichment and education for patients. Every week we hold sessions both at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and at Shriner’s Hospital for Children where we engage patients of all ages in different music related activities. Through music, we hope to provide opportunities to foster confidence, strengthen self-esteem, and to encourage self-expression.




CRASH is WashU’s premier nontraditional percussion group. With repertoire featuring predominately improvisational themes, CRASH aims to explore the sounds of nontraditional instruments like buckets, pots, pans, plastic pipes, etc. to create a unique performance experience for their audiences. The group does performances around WashU’s campus and the St. Louis community in addition to collaborating with community service organizations to do workshops with kids of all ages around St. Louis.



Easter Seals

Beat Therapy’s program with the Autism Services division of Easter Seals Midwest is dedicated to creating innovative lesson plans based on proven music therapy and music play research and implementing these plans in a way that emphasizes a personhood-first approach to empower the children we interact with to make music with us and with each other.


Hillside Manor

Hillside Manor

Beat therapy goes to Hillside Manor, a healthcare and rehabilitation center every week to put on low key, casual musical performances for senior citizens. These include student bands, solos on various instruments, and sometimes even a cappella groups.



Juvenile Detention Center

Through our volunteer work at the local St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, we aspire to use music as a mechanism for social change. Using music-interpretation activities, songwriting workshops, as well as art and theater projects, we facilitate conversations between the residents and Washington University students, and to give a voice to those often silenced by the prison system. It is often evident that the residents of the Juvenile Detention Center relish the opportunity to listen to their favorite music, write songs, or simply converse one-on-one with our engaged volunteers.


Hazelwood High School

This program is brand new this semester! We will be working with a classroom of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The primary goal of the program is to help the students improve social skills and build community! Potential activities include forming a percussion ensemble and using ASL to sign along to popular songs