Certified Music Practitioner
After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, I felt moved to make my music more meaningful but at first I was unsure about how to accomplish that. Then, a couple of years later, I saw an ad in the UTNE Reader magazine about the Music for Healing & Transition Program (MHTP). MHTP is a national program, training musicians to provide therapeutic music at the bedside for hospital and hospice patients. The program consists of intensive courses in medical and musical studies.
I immediately applied and was accepted into the program and graduated in 2005. After completing my internship at the University of Virginia hospital, I was hired as a Musician-in-Residence after 2 years of volunteer service. It has been an intensely rewarding experience. Here are a few things I’ve learned.
Scientific studies show that live music can assist in:
- Reducing awareness of pain
- Transition for the dying
- Providing a segue for grieving
- Providing hope, comfort, soothing balm for the body, mind and spirit of patient
- Providing comfort to grieving family members
- Blood pressure reduction
- Reduction of pharmacological drug dosages required for pain & anesthesia
- Relaxation of voluntary and involuntary muscles
- Memory recall for dementia patients
- Equalizing and slowing down brain waves
- Stabilizing the heartbeat, pulse and respiration
- Reducing muscle tension
- Affecting body temperature
- Increasing endorphin levels
- Boosting the immune system
- Reducing stress
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-882-1184 for more information.