The sounds of heal­ing

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Vol­un­teers with Mu­si­cians on Call may not be prac­tic­ing medicine, but their goal is to deliver the heal­ing power of mu­sic. The New York City-based not-for-profit has part­nered with more than 50 hos­pi­tals and health­care fa­cil­i­ties in sev­eral ma­jor cities across the coun­try since 1999 to bring per­sonal mu­si­cal per­for­mances to the bed­sides of pa­tients who could use some sonic ther­apy.

Hun­dreds of vol­un­teer mu­si­cians par­tic­i­pate, from as­pir­ing stars to those who’ve al­ready made it—in­clud­ing Phar­rell, Kelly Clark­son, Dar­ius Rucker and Gavin DeGraw. Of­ten the mood is somber when the mu­si­cians ar­rive. “Once you start play­ing the mu­sic, you see the en­tire mood change,” MOC Pres­i­dent Pete Grif­fin said. “You re­al­ize in those three to four min­utes you’re in there, you’ve re­ally el­e­vated the spir­its.”

So far, MOC mu­si­cians have per­formed for more than 400,000 in­di­vid­u­als. The group has branches in Los Angeles, Mi­ami, Nashville, Philadel­phia and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

MOC—which works with adult, chil­dren’s and vet­er­ans hos­pi­tals along with re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties and other providers—has ex­panded be­yond its bed­side pro­gram.

In its Mu­sic Phar­macy pro­gram, record la­bels do­nate CDs to MOC, which of­fers to send the CDs to hos­pi­tals for free. Grif­fin said the group is also look­ing into a mu­sic-stream­ing op­tion.

MOC’s new­est pro­gram, Project Play­back, al­lows pa­tients to cre­ate and record their own songs, with the help of mu­si­cians and song­writ­ers, from the com­forts of their hospi­tal beds.

“We’re not cur­ing dis­ease, but we’re cer­tainly part of the heal­ing process,” Grif­fin said.

Dar­ius Rucker,

far left, and a friend en­ter­tain

a pa­tient at Mon­roe Carell Jr. Chil­dren’s

Hospi­tal at Van­der­bilt in

Nashville. C O U R T E S Y O F M U S I C A N S O N C A L

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