Did you know that live music has beneficial effects that contribute to the overall care of patients?
There is a great deal of research being done to document the beneficial effects of music. It is being used with many kinds of patients including the critically ill, the chronically ill, Alzheimer's sufferers, the injured, the dying, birthing mothers, premature babies and new borns, the temporarily ill, the comatose and surgical patients.
Live music has been shown to relax the body and mind decreasing anxiety, allowing more effective responses to medical treatment and enhancing the work of the immune system.
You can experience the benefits of live music or give it as a gift through the services of a Music Practitioner who provides live music at bedside.
What is a music practitioner?
Music practitioners provide one-on-one palliative care to the ill and dying in hospitals, hospices, homes, and other clinical settings. By focusing on a single patient at the time, the Music Practitioner can provide therapeutic music which meets the patient's needs in the moment creating a nurturing environment which facilitates healing.
Music practitioners provide unobtrusive, soothing music as a service, not as entertainment. Patients are always given the option to refuse. If they choose music, they do so with the understanding that there is no obligation to talk or interact in any way with the Practitioner.
Certified Music Practitioners have found welcoming ears in many places - delivery rooms, bedsides of the dying, intensive care units, psychiatric wards, dialysis centers, Alzheimer's units, ambulatory surgery units, operating rooms, dental offices, massage and acupuncture clinics - and the list goes on.
Each Music Practitioner is a graduate of a course of study which involves medical and musical classes provided personally by the qualified instructors of the Music for Healing and Transition Program*.
Music practitioners provide a service, not entertainment. They are trained to be responsive and unobtrusive while providing beneficial music to patients and their families. Their playing is not meant to be a performance or a concert.
A music practitioner may be engaged to play for a friend, a family member or yourself.
The Music Practitioner will consult with you regarding the style of music to be played, for how long, and how often. The type of music usually depends on the condition and concerns of the patient.
Margaret Sneddon is a certified Therapeutic Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program*
She works extensively with Phelps Hospice in their innovative program of complimentary care.
She may also be contacted individually for this service appropriate for all kinds of patients.
* A Nation Nonprofit Educational Organization
The Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc.
Margaret Sneddon, CMP