Teaching Artist Spotlight: Rachel Eve
Rachel Eve is one of the co-directors for PhilaSing, a community choir started by BuildaBridge in partnership with Drexel University School of Nursing and Health Professions. Along with being a teaching artist and music therapist, Rachel is also a singer-songwriter who recently released her first full-length album entitled, "Songs of the morning". Rachel gave us a few of her thoughts on music, its healing powers, and how it shows up in her personal art and her work.
How did you get into music?
Word has it that I was singing before I was talking, so music has always been in my bones. I started taking piano lessons when I was 7 and played the violin throughout high school and college. I've continued on in my music journey integrating it into helping others via music therapy and writing and performing original songs.
How do you use your art as a tool for hope, healing, and strengthening?
On a personal level, music helps me process difficult experiences and offers a safe space to build connection with others. In my work as a music therapist, I encourage others to access their authentic voice and find comfort, support and transformation through music-making.
Any transformative moments that have happened during your work with BuildaBridge?
In my time working with PhilaSing, I've often witnessed the energy shift that comes from singing together as a group. We get together to rehearse in the morning, so often people come in with a sleepy energy, but by the end of rehearsal the mood feels lighter and brighter.
Any notable projects you're working on or have worked on, outside of BuildaBridge, that you are particularly proud of?
I'm just about to release my first full-length album of 10 original songs. I've been working on it for a couple of years now and am excited to see it all come together. I hope to do more recording in the future.
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