Music for Health & Wellbeing
There's an increasing recognition of the benefits of music to people's sense of wellbeing, especially when they are in need of healthcare.
I provide live acoustic music for people in long-stay hospital and rehabilitation settings, intermediate (post-acute) care, and palliative care. The presentation style is informal, sensitive, friendly and engaging. The music itself is performed at the highest professional standard.
Please see my separate page for information on Music for Dementia.
In long-stay settings, patients tell me that the music brightens their day, provides a welcome distraction from clinical treatment, and gives them something to chat about with others long after the session ends.
Music prompts all sorts of reminiscence about time, place, work and relationships, and I select each piece of music on the basis of response and comment to the previous ones. This means that the session is led by the clients and responds immediately to them, unlike a CD, television or radio 'on in the background'.
Music promotes movement, alertness and communication. Clinical and care staff comment that patients are more inclined to undertake their recommended sedentary exercise, be more mobile, and show improved posture when music, social interaction and humour are present in the session. They tell me that these effects last beyond the end of the session itself.
My relaxed, informal approach is responsive to my clients' musical preferences and sensitive to their current situation. I have a sizeable playlist of music from the 1900's onward across all popular genres from music hall to musicals, to chart toppers, theatre and cinema. Classical pieces are also available for anyone who enjoys this style.
Many of the pieces I offer have been suggested to me by clients I've met and then revisited, with very warm responses when I take a 'new' piece back.
I work with carefully selected regular duo partners who, like me, are trained in delivering music with this client group and actively enjoy doing so. We make time for individual conversation as well as performance, contributing to patients' social contact and their sense of self when away from home. I thoroughly enjoy hearing the stories clients have to share about their working, social and family lives, often from decades previously.
I carefully arrange music and programme considered instrumental combinations, ensuring a high quality listening experience which is appropriate to small rooms. My listeners are very discerning, many of them being familiar with live music across many genres throughout their lives, including professional orchestral music.
Instrumental combinations available include Cor Anglais & Flute, Oboe & Bassoon, Oboe & 'Cello, and Clarinet & Cor Anglais.
Music for Health & Wellbeing clients have included Patient Experience Enhancement to Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust Charity, visiting Birmingham Dental Hospital, Sutton Coldfield Cottage Hospital, Good Hope Hospital, Perry Trees and Anne Marie Howes intermediate care centres, West Heath Hospital (rehabilitation, dementia friendly and palliative care wards), Moseley Hall Hospital (complex care and brain injury rehabilitation wards), and a residential centre for adults with profound disabilities.