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

ISBN 9780367408770
Published May 18, 2021 by Routledge
142 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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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.


"In Music as Care: Artistry in the Hospital Environment, Sarah Adams Hoover conducts a rare piece of reflection on musical soundscapes in clinical settings and how these might affect the performer, participant and audience. In these hard days of a pandemic, with fear in the air, and our hospitals struggling to find their way through mounting workloads, the pleasures of music should not be understated, nor the work of those who bring it to clinics, bedsides and corridors, without applause. Music is different kind of medicine. Music can be care. Music as Care will be of interest to scholars and postgraduates in health humanities, medical humanities, arts for health, arts in hospitals and community arts."

Paul Crawford, Professor of Health Humanities, The University of Nottingham, UK

"Everyone who teaches music performance in one of America’s many colleges and universities should read Music as Care. In this book, Sarah Hoover provides a compelling vision of a future where professionally-trained musicians capably bring the healing power of music into our hospitals and hospices. It is high time for development of musical-medical partnerships to enter the mainstream, and Hoover successfully points the way forward."

Patricia Lambert, Professor of Arts Management, University of Oregon, USA

"Music as Care provides a fascinating overview of a rapidly growing field. But what struck me most was the way it reimagines the arts experience. For many arts organizations "art" is so central that performers and listeners are barely considered, and the arts are suffering for it. Even though it is not its intent, Music as Care offers an invaluable perspective and concrete guidance for community engagement in the arts."

Doug Borwick, CEO, ArtsEngaged, USA