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Music Therapy and Dyspnea

A patient heard me singing across the hall from her hospital room and immediately rang her call button to ask if I would come to her room, too. When I arrived with my guitar, Reverie Harp and Native American flute, she smiled broadly and said, “thank you so much for coming!” The […]

Why music therapy in medicine?

Music therapy is a health care profession which uses music to effect therapeutic change.

Music therapists are board-certified (MT-BC), and licensed (in some states).  Music therapists must complete 1200 hours of clinical internship experience, an approved Bachelor, Master or Ph. D. level music therapy degree program, and pass a board-certification exam.

In the hospital setting, doctors, […]

Music Therapy Reduces Pain

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ~ Bob Marley

You know that feeling you get when you listen to music you absolutely love?  You get “the chills” or tingles, or your hair may stand on end.  You might close your eyes to take it all in, and a […]

Music Therapy Reduces Anxiety Response in Hospice Care

Facing the end of life, your own or a loved one’s, commonly brings with it feelings of anxiety.   These feelings may stem from a variety of sources, including emotional, psychological, spiritual or social.  Medications, physiological changes in the body due to the progression of illness may also contribute to anxiety in patients on hospice […]

Evidence in favor of music therapy

Evidence in favor of music therapy


Is there scientific proof for the effectiveness of music therapy?  The answer is yes!  In fact, there is a wide body of research that shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that music therapy is indeed effective.  Here are a few ways in which music therapy can be helpful […]

Still talking!

I am still talking about music therapy to everyone who will listen! Just today, the owner of the tree pruning company I hired to prune my huge plum tree asked me what I do. I had planned to be home after my client this morning to pay him but had gotten a call from […]

Music as Medicine, Dr. Deforia Lane

I continue to be inspired by reading Music as Medicine by Dr. Deforia Lane, who recently came to the Pacific Northwest to speak about her work.  “The tool I use, music, is powerful indeed” she says.  “who can understand the way it moves in the head, the heart, or someone’s soul?  And who can […]

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