I thought I’d post a little bit about the benefits of music to children in hospital today. I’m a music in healthcare mentor at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, as part of LIME, so this is something I’m passionate about. I was really lucky to have some initial training in this as part of my course at the RNCM, and then went on to train in this field at this hospital throughout 2011. We were fortunate in having a fantastic research team from the University of Salford, who followed us around the wards, observed carefully, and asked lots of questions to us and the people we were working with. The key findings from this first year were:
Music-making can contribute to the health and wellbeing of children and parents; that it can alleviate boredom, isolation and anxiety; that it can create shared positive experiences and help create powerful connections between all people involved within the hospital.
The report is very well written, and can even be understood by somebody not so sciencey, like me! Here’s a link: http://www.salford.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/152174/medical-notes.pdf