Harmony, Hope & Healing (HHH) supports women, men and children as they heal from traumas associated with homelessness, incarceration, addiction, and isolation. The organization provides on-site music classes and workshops in shelters, residential programs, drug treatment centers, community centers and Cook County Jail. The classes and workshops teach appropriate ways to relieve stress, express emotions and develop positive relationships. Through the music-based curriculum, participants build effective communication skills to advocate for themselves and their families and nurture hope as they move forward in life.
HHH’s music-based curriculum includes activities such as:
Mindful breathing and humming exercises
Sharing, listening and discussing songs and readings
The curriculum focuses on developing 4 key life skills:
Relieving stress and anxiety
Improving impulse control & self-discipline
Developing and identifying a robust emotional vocabulary
Expressing emotions in a safe and appropriate way
Increasing confidence to be able to self- advocate
Building effective communication skills
Building and supporting healthy relationships & family bonding
Identifying and solving problems cooperatively
Adult music classes include discussion of songs and readings, group singing, dancing and playing percussion instruments. Classes focuses on developing and practicing key life skills to support personal growth and community responsibility.
Family music classes include singing, breathing, movement and playing percussion instruments. Music classes foster communication skills, improve parent practices, and create a valuable opportunity for family bonding. The activities help children ages 0-5 to develop cognitively, socially and emotionally.
Children & Teens Programming
Children’s music classes include singing, breathing, dancing, playing percussion instruments and songwriting. The activities encourage the healthy development of social and emotional skills such as self-management, communication and conflict resolution, supporting success at school and at home.
Community Choir Rehearsals
Group singing and performing help build courage and confidence in one’s voice and trust in one’s community. Weekly rehearsals are a consistent community commitment, fostering community responsibility and a sense of belonging. Activites include breathing & vocal exercises, group singing, discussing song lyrics, performing with HHH Community Choir & monthly performances at Above & Beyond graduation ceremonies.
"Thank you for bringing harmony to Cook County."
- Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, Former Executive Director,
Cook County Department Of Corrections
HHH is a therapeutic music program and not a music therapy service.
Harmony, Hope & Healing music classes-
Occur in non-clinical settings within the community.
Require no diagnosis or intake process.
Are led by trained musicians and peer facilitators, and not therapists.
Work in conjunction with social service agencies and various modalities.