Staff & patient reactions to live, therapeutic music


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These quotes were taken from news articles about therapeutic musicians.

The executive director at a hospice said: “I’ve seen residents that have relaxed while Sue is playing music, that seemed more settled and at peace after Sue was finished playing music for them.” Ettkin B. Susan Wright plays music for the newborn and the dying➚. Times Union. January 17, 2009.

An oncology nurse said: “Having music here provides a wonderful tone, not only for the patients—some of whom are closer to the end stage of life than others, some of whom are more conscious than others—but for the families and also for the staff. Hearing this music makes us all feel a healing presence.” Morris MI. Hitting the right notes to aid the ill➚. The Washington Post. December 23, 2008.

The recreation director at a nursing home said: “It’s beneficial, whatever their mood or problems... If [the residents are] in the room a lot and don’t get a lot of visitors, having someone offer live music and companionship provides something special.” Therapeutic music relaxes, comforts patients➚. The Patriot-News. January 5, 2010.

A patient who listened to live harp music while undergoing a stressful test said: “You’ll never know how helpful and wonderful your music was for me... I had brought a CD player and meditation music with me, but...after I had listed for a while, I turned it off and I could hear your harp in my head, not the music I was listening to... Thank you so much.” Gross D. Make way for the therapeutic harp➚. Long-Term Living. May 26, 2008.

Regarding a patient who was initially too filled with fear to allow himself to recover, a nurse in intensive care said: “I later asked him and his wife the reason for the turnaround. He said it was the music.” Shulins S. Finding the key to healing➚. The Tampa Tribune. March 3, 2007.

A hospital musician recounts results from the mother of a sick child: “She said, ‘It’s the first time my daughter’s slept in two days. I finally get to take a shower. Do you know what that means?’” Wallace R. A moment of peace: Portola Valley musician brings soothing Celtic strains to patients, families and staff at Stanford Hospital➚. The Almanac. April 20, 2005.

A Certified Music Practitioner® reports results on a patient who had been actively dying: “Although the patient had been deeply withdrawn and unresponsive for several days, her daughter reported that a couple of hours after our last session, she roused herself and in a clear voice asked, ‘When is the harp player coming back?’ Shortly thereafter she died peacefully...” Of harps and pets➚. Music for Healing and Transition ProgramTM.

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Who can benefit?

  1. Patients in all conditions

  2. Non-responsive patients

  3. Women in labor

  4. Infants and preemies

  5. Burn patients

  6. Visitors

  7. Caregivers

  8. Hospital staff

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