The Issue: Positive Benefits of Music Therapy
Sweet melodies and rich harmonies can do more than lift spirits. Music therapy has been shown to help hospital patients by reducing headaches and calming chronic pain. Through instrumental and vocal music, performers can induce relaxation and minimize discomfort for their audience members, helping to diminish the anxiety common in medical situations. Long-term benefits of these relaxing sessions can include lowered blood pressure, improved respiration, and positive emotions.
The Campaign: Providing Music for Youth in the Hospital
If 16 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital can hire musicians to perform for its patients. Each additional $160 will provide another music session.
During each music session, professional musicians will spend two hours playing age-appropriate music for children at the hospital. They will perform in the playroom for children who can move about the hospital, and will conduct a few bedside performances for children who cannot. The program will also be broadcast on the hospital’s closed-circuit channel for children to watch in their rooms. Interactive songs will incorporate counting and learning to help teach young children these vital skills while the music helps to minimize the anxiety and stress inherent in medical situations.
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The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
With 155 beds and nationally recognized center for neonatal care, diabetes, pediatric neurosurgery, childhood cancers, and other specialties, The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital works to ensure the comprehensive care of children. In addition to excellent medical treatment, patients can take part in a variety of Child Life and Family Education programs to meet their developmental and therapeutic needs. Child Life specialists work to reduce the stress of the hospital experience for children and help them cope. Their programs focus on teaching youth to express themselves, helping them socialize with their peers, and supporting young siblings who may also be affected.