Music Therapy Program
National 2014 Planetree Best Practice Award Winner for Integrative Therapy Program
To learn about bringing our music therapy program to your facility, contact Maria Hale, Vice President, Patient-Centered Support Services, 914.666.1951 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We can agree that music is a universal language that connects people. Music, especially familiar songs, helps to unlock memories and improve communication and expression. Clinical research has demonstrated that the systematic use of music can improve gait, aphasia, balance and range of motion. Participants in the music therapy program offered by Northern Westchester Hospital express enhanced relaxation and reduced anxiety and stress levels.
Read an article about the NWH Music Therapy Program featured in O, The Oprah Magazine
The Music Therapy Program at NWH provides patients with both group and individual sessions to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. A dedicated certified music therapist provides group music therapy sessions for patient on the medical surgical, intensive care, behavioral health, and transitional care units, as well as in the cancer center, addressing a host of symptoms and chronic conditions.
The patients have their choice of a variety of musical instruments, including tubano, djembe, buffalo, bass and ocean drums; cowbells, shakers, tambourines and others. At Northern Westchester Hospital, Holistic Integrative nurses work with the Music Therapist and incorporate other integrative approaches such as aromatherapy, Reiki, guided imagery and breathwork.
Measurable outcomes include demonstrated changes in pain levels, nausea, respiration, relaxation, participation and clarity. Anecdotal reports of bedridden patients tapping their toes, snapping their fingers, using shakers, singing out loud, and smiling are consistently noted in assessments.
Read Excerpts from the Music Therapists Journal:
“Some are able to sing, play along or request a song, while others benefit from music by listening or reacting with a smile, a tear or a comment depending on the circumstances. Some are cheered up by the end of the session while others relax and fall asleep. Family members are often present in the session and get a chance to share the positive experience with their loved ones. Staff members often pass by and cheer up as the atmosphere is uplifted. In some cases, we get to see a patient’s bright side we may not see otherwise. Whether the focus of the session is relaxation, pain management, socialization, memory retrieving, motivation, breathing, identity of self, motor control or quality of life; the human interactions happening on the nursing units are meaningful, powerful and fascinating!”
“A male with Irish background requested and sang “Oh Danny Boy” as I accompanied on guitar. This is a song he sang at his daughter’s wedding. It was the most honest rendition of the piece I have ever heard.”
To learn more about our music therapy program, contact Maria Hale, Vice President, Patient-Centered Support Services, 914.666.1951 or email@example.com.