Music Connects, Music Comforts, Music Heals
When Hennepin Healthcare’s music therapist enters a room, you can feel the energy shift. A pleasant calm and release of stress takes place in both staff and patients. Whether providing soft sounds to a whole room or in private interaction, the benefits of music therapy are well documented to increase muscle relaxation, decrease anxiety, distract from pain and nausea, elevate mood, enhance emotional support from family, aid in self-expression, and strengthen one’s ability to cope.
Music therapy happens when the music therapist uses live music to support or manipulate the energy level in the unit or waiting room, or when the music therapist tailors specific musical interventions to help an individual patient meet goals toward health and well-being. Depending on patient and caregiver needs and preferences, music therapists at Hennepin Healthcare may use singing, listening to recorded or live music, improvisation, songwriting, lyric analysis, and musical play to help patients reach these goals.
Hennepin Healthcare has been a regional leader in incorporating arts and music programming into patient care through our Inspire Arts program, which supports holistic patient care and healing. Music therapy helps address the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs of patients who enter Hennepin Healthcare, many of whom may have experienced trauma in their lives. Music is a unique form of communication that can reach beyond language and across cultures to comfort and heal.
Music provides a special kind of medicine for our patients during their stay. A gift to music therapy will make a lasting impact on our patients.