1st Edition

Music as Care: Artistry in the Hospital Environment
CMS Emerging Fields in Music

ISBN 9780367408770
Published May 17, 2021 by Routledge
142 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

USD $59.95

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Book Description

This book provides an overview of professional musicians working within the healthcare system and explores programs that bring music into the environment of the hospital. Far from being onstage, musicians in the hospital provide musical engagement for patients and healthcare providers focused on life-and-death issues. Music in healthcare offers a new and growing area for musical careers, distinct from the field of music therapy in which music is engaged to advance defined clinical goals. Rather, this volume considers what happens when musicians interact with the clinical environment as artists, and how musical careers and artistic practices can develop through work in a hospital setting. It outlines the specialized skills and training required to navigate safely and effectively within the healthcare context. The contributors draw on their experiences with collaborations between the performing arts and medicine at Boston University/Boston Medical Center, University of Florida/UF Health Shands Hospital, and the Peabody Institute/Johns Hopkins Medicine. These experiences, as well as the experiences of artists spotlighted throughout the volume, offer stories of thriving artistic practices and collaborations that outline a new field for tomorrow's musical artists.

Table of Contents


Eric Booth

Chapter 1 From Concert Hall to Hospital: Excellence, Artistry, and Skill, Reconsidered

Sarah Adams Hoover

Artist Spotlight 1 Being Present

Anaís Azul

Impromptu 1 Music and Health and the Health of Music

Moisès Fernández Via

Artist Spotlight 2 Both/And

Eva Cappelletti-Chao

Chapter 2 Rounding, Sounding, Playing Together: A Continuum of Musical Practice

Sarah Adams Hoover

Artist Spotlight 3 Singing from the Soul

Tamara Wellons

Chapter 3 Training for New Jobs: Professionalizing the Role of the Musician in Healthcare

Jill Sonke

Impromptu 2 Fixing, Doing, Being

Moisès Fernández Via

Artist Spotlight 4 Tag-Teaming

Jason Hedges

Chapter 4 From Beguiling to Belonging: The Evolution of Musical-Medical Partnership

Sarah Adams Hoover

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Sarah Adams Hoover is Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Community Initiatives at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.