Music therapy may not be that common, but there is one East Lansing family who knows a lot about it. Judy and Dick Winter took their son, Eric, to music therapy for nearly seven years. Eric was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, and the Winter’s say music therapy made a big difference in his life.
And when Eric died suddenly in February, the Winter’s decided to give the $10,000 donated in his name to the Michigan State University Community Music School. And for three days this week, the inaugural Eric "Ricstar" Winter Music Therapy Summer Camp is underway.
His parents called Eric "Ricstar" because of his love of music. He not only loved the guitar, but also composed songs. Therapists say music helps those with special needs learn communication and motor skills.
Fifty children and adults with special needs are participating in the camp. The Winter’s and the MSU Community Music School say they hope the camp becomes a yearly event.