Music and Healing
Cathy DeWitt, Artist in Residence
22 March 2008
As the Musician in Residence for Shands Arts in Medicine program in Gainesville, Florida, for over twenty years, I have seen and experienced the healing power of music in just about every kind of hospital setting.
Cathy and Will on the BMTU.
Music touches people deeply and quickly, sometimes causing an emotional reaction — tears or a smile — within just a few seconds. It’s one of the most accessible, accepted, and powerful tools for transformation in the healthcare setting.
“The unit is transformed when the music begins. We become a place of joy!”
–Margo Chase-Dobrian, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Nurse and Cancer Survivor