Therapeutic Music

Bedside Therapeutic MusicLive harp music can effect positive changes in the emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of individuals with health issues. As a supplement to traditional medical care, therapeutic music is specifically matched to a person's immediate needs. Music Practitioners provide a Service and are not entertainers. They are trained to be responsible and unobtrusive while providing beneficial music for patients, their families and caregivers.

 Alice Freeman is a Certified Clinical Musician in a nationally accredited training program. She usually plays about 30 minutes, once-a-week for a patient. The purpose of the music depends on the condition, concerns and interests of the client. The location can include private homes, health care centers, assisted living centers and the hospital, according to your needs. Alice is also experienced in providing comfort and serenity during end-of-life transitions.

Call Alice at 307.745.3950 to consult with her regarding the purpose of the music to be played, for how long, and how often. 

Benefits of Therapeutic Music

Certain types of music can encourage the production of endorphins and serotonin which can reduce pain and stress, help us relax or in other cases stimulate us. For example, the Major Keys in a Western  musical scale are more cheerful sounding while the Minor Key scales sound more sad. When hearing therapeutic music, patients usually respond better (as indicated by improved vital signs) to music in Major Keys. Minor Keys, being more cathartic, are useful in promoting communication and assisting in the grief process. Improvised music is frequently played for the actively-dying because familiar tunes can interfere with the transition process.

Benefits of therapeutic music can include:

  • Relieving anxiety of the critically ill 
  • Reducing stress and blood pressure of the chronically ill 
  • Augmenting pain management 
  • Relieving body and mental tension of the pre-surgery client
  • Accelerating physical healing of post-surgery and injured patients 
  • Easing the birthing process 
  • Aiding mental focus in Alzheimer’s patients by lifting and clearing their consciousness
  • Assisting the dying by facilitating ease in the transition process 

 

What is a Therapeutic Musician?

Some of the oldest Hospices in Europe date back to the year 1000. Created by physician-monks and nuns, these were the world’s first hospitals and health care systems. Their activities are preserved in a library of records called the ars moriendi, or the art of dying. At the end of life, the caregiver’s role was to find a unique way to relieve a particular person’s struggles and fears. In the sacred art of dying, the traditional belief is that the creation of a total environment is necessary for the dying to do their inner work peacefully. Therapeutic music was one of the most primal and powerful tools to support persons in transition. 

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Therapeutic Musician Training Programs

Therapeutic musician training programs may be classroom-based, self-paced independent study, or mostly conducted online with some on-site requirements. They may train international students or they may be locally tied to a single health care organization.

The National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM) (http:/www.nsbtm.org) is a 501(c)3 organization consisting of leaders in the therapeutic music field who have defined standards for Therapeutic Musician Training Programs and who accredit the Programs meeting those standards. Alice Freeman served on the Board of Directors for six years.

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