Bringing the Joy of Music to Children

Making this recent holiday season bright, Blue Star Connection brought gifts of beautiful, new musical instruments to patients working with music therapists throughout the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta three-hospital system.


Joy of Music“Having a non-profit like Blue Star Connection that is now donating guitars, electric pianos and other instruments to our patients is a blessing. It is incredible to see the excitement, hope, and empowerment that grow in each patient when they discover they will be getting a guitar or instrument of their own to take home and keep,” said Cori Snyder, an award-winning music therapist working at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite within the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.


Seventeen-year-old Luke Putney, Blue Star Connection’s volunteer representative in Atlanta, explained his role by saying, “My job, the best job in the organization, was to serve as the ‘Santa Claus’ of instruments.” Putney had first-hand experience with the healing power of music five years ago, when he learned to play electric bass as part of his recovery from brain surgery and loss of vision.


Blue Star Connection is a 501C3 non-profit organization with the mission to bring joy through music to hospitalized children across the U.S. and to follow them home with personal instruments.


For more information about Blue Star Connection, visit or contact Nancy Hoddinott at 404-944-6575.

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