Health and Wellness Programs in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Treatment Centers

  • Central Ohio Symphony, for Reconnecting, the symphony’s criminal justice program for adolescents and adults with substance use disorders or mental illnesses. A required part of the Delaware County Specialty Docket courts’ multi-phase treatment program, Reconnecting utilizes therapeutic drumming to treat youths 14 to 18, and adults, many of whom have lost custody of their children due to heroin abuse, a growing local problem. In partnership with the courts and treatment provider, Maryhaven, Reconnecting will serve 90 participants and their supporting family members, with each participant attending a session every two weeks for a total of 22 sessions in 2015. This is an active program where protocol-trained Central Ohio Symphony musicians and a licensed treatment counselor build on positive steps for growing self-awareness, esteem, and daily skills to help participants function in everyday society. This year, symphony facilitators will receive training in the highest level of methodology attainable through the Remo HealthRHYTHMS certified training, qualifying them to train other musicians.
  • Grand Rapids Symphony, for Music for Health, a new health and wellness program in collaboration with Spectrum Health and Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation. Music for Health serves patients at Spectrum Health who suffer with a neurological impairment, such as stroke or traumatic brain injury, or who are experiencing some level of dementia. The program targets patients served by Spectrum Health’s Music Therapy program, currently available at six campuses, as well as their families and the Spectrum Health professionals caring for them – approximately 450 patients, family members, and caregivers in all. Symphony musicians work directly with the music therapist to provide goal-directed interventions to patients, presenting live music to enhance vocal strength; making music interactively with patients, helping them practice attention skills, impulse control, and socialization; facilitating movement rehabilitation as patients move to the music; and enhancing patient-created songs for therapeutic purposes.
  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, to further expand its KSO Music & Wellness program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cancer Institute. The program, which currently provides live musical performances for patients to enhance the healing process and employs a part-time board certified music therapist, also includes a professional development practicum for the musicians in the program, and the creation of an observational study that will measure positive and negative responses of patients exposed to live music, providing quantitative data to support music in healthcare settings. KSO musicians play in public areas of the hospital and work with individual patients in chemotherapy, oncology, the cardiovascular and neonatal intensive care units and on the  cardiovascular in-patient floors, Lobby performances and work with individuals also occurs at additional facilities. The five KSO musicians working in the program have become Certified Music Practitioners though the Music for Healing and Transition Program, a not-for-profit therapeutic music educational organization.
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, for Soul Strings, a new health and wellness program that increases the quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities through music-informed therapy. Magnolia Community Services, an organization that provides support to adults with intellectual and other development challenges in the Greater New Orleans region, is a long-standing partner of the philharmonic, with the orchestra currently providing education concerts and materials to 395 Magnolia Community Services clients. The orchestra is now deepening engagement with the new Soul Strings program. Twelve Louisiana Philharmonic musicians (three string quartets) will administer sensory and intellectual stimulation through an intimate and direct music therapy to 60 clients, with the guidance of a licensed music therapist. Future efforts might include a collaborative performance in which musicians and Magnolia Community Services clients play side-by-side. The orchestra also plans to analyze program data following this pilot season and to share lessons learned.
  • Phoenix Symphony, for The B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project: Alzheimer’s Expansion Pilot Initiative, a program evaluating the impact of music on Alzheimer’s patients in need through a 12-week program of musical intervention. The pilot launch will focus on 48 Huger Mercy Living Center patients and their families and caregivers (an approximate total of 165 individuals receiving weekly musical therapy over a 3-month period). Fifteen Symphony musicians will participate in ensembles that will perform at Huger Mercy Living Center in a variety of environments: individual cottages, community areas, and other locations throughout the center. The musicians and Arizona State University Music Therapy experts will measure a variety of criteria to determine the efficacy of the music therapy and its ability to reduce stress, including sleep levels, pharmaceutical interventions, caloric intake, memory recall, compliance with daily living skills and related routines, and mental wellness of caregivers.