The Music as Medicine Symposium: Enhancing Well-Being and Buffering Exhaustion
Presented by the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program (AHP) and the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) on Thursday, March 22, 2018 was a wonderful success.
The symposium featured world-renowned scholars at the forefront of research on music, arts and stress in healthcare.
Töres Theorell, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm Sweden, presented a wonderful presentation full of rich research entitled, "Music as Medicine in Society - Loudspeaker, Healer or Poison."
Eva Bojner Horwitz, Ph.D., Ph.T., DMT, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; Center for Social Sustainability, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society/ Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, presented an extremely thought-provoking presentation entitled, “Humanizing healthcare through cultural activities.”
A Loud Strong Song I felt myself teetering on the edge of a precipice- below, anger inviting below. It took an act of will to sing a loud strong song and simply sway to pull me back to solid ground.
The backstory to A Loud Strong Song:
“I wrote this about a personal experience. Everything was going wrong and I could feel myself slipping into anger and ready to lash out at others. I didn’t want to go there. Having heard of the benefits of song and movement, I decided to give them a try. I sang Beatle songs as loud as the situation allowed and I swayed discreetly. A friend saw me and gave me a strange look. I was fine with that. I’d rather appear a fool than act rashly and be a fool. I sang, I swayed. I couldn’t help but smile. To my own surprise, I could feel the music and the movement change my mood. I was able to handle the situation without alienating anyone.
What a low tech, inexpensive, easily accessible prescription without side effects for frustrated clinicians. If only, it was socially acceptable.”
- Michelle Berberet, Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program Artist-in-Residence
Please don't hesitate to contact Faculty Director, Julia Langley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Program Coordinator, Morgan Kulesza at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the Music as Medicine Symposium and/or the Georgetown Arts and Humanities Program!
A massive thank you to our major sponsors who helped make this symposium possible:
The Frederick Henry Prince IV Family Hospital Staff Morale Program
The MedStar Institute for Innovation
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Georgetown University Medical Center
Cynthia Weber Cascio/M&C Media
Special thanks to:
Professor Bette Jacobs, leader of Georgetown University's Health Law Initiative
Judy Rollins, Program Coordinator of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Studio G program for pediatric patients.