Posted by boston.com March 3, 2014 10:41 AM
MusicMDs is a music-therapy-inspired, independent volunteer organization of high-school/college musicians. MusicMDs use their music to promote patient healing and recovery in healthcare institutions. They actively assist in the healing process by offering live, one-on-one musical performances to hospitalized patients.
MusicMDs add a new dimension to patient interaction by removing traditional barriers of language, education level, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status and incorporating live music in patient communication. Performers’ music-facilitated dialogue improves mood and outlook of patients who are isolated from their communities when admitted into a clinical environment of a hospital.
Founded in Central Florida in 2009, MusicMDs currently serves four hospitals nationwide. Through this program, 23 students have amassed 1250+ hours serving over 7,500 patients at every stage of the disease and recovery spectrum.
MusicMDs’s first New England branch was started at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts by Esha Bansal in December 2012. In the LGH-MusicMDs partnership, six accomplished Phillips Academy Andover musicians currently serenade LGH patients, performing throughout the hospital’s units like surgery, pediatrics, dialysis, and intensive cardiac care.
MusicMDs is a one-of-a-kind, student-run volunteer program which has effectively introduced music to interdisciplinary patient care. Please visit www.musicmds.org.
"You have no idea what you just did for me. I still can't believe my eyes… I saw an angel come in to play me some music." – Lawrence General Hospital(LGH) Patient, 2/23/13
"This music is the relaxing tool I need for [my patient] to calm down and accept the IV." – LGH Pediatric Nurse, 12/14/13
“It’s obvious: you cure people with your music.” – LGH Family Member, 12/7/13