Thursday, November 15, 2012

Musical Healing

Singer/songwriter Beverly Rush will present Musical Healing: an Introduction to Therapeutic Music, on Wednesday, November 28, at 7 pm. Though Beverly has performed at the library several times, this program is not a concert but a demonstration of how the science of sound informs the use of live music to provide an environment conducive to the healing process.

Beverly is a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) trained through the Music for Healing and Transition Program, a member of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. She has practiced her art at a number of healthcare facilities, but primarily works with the CMP program at Concord Hospital. In addition to its healing powers, music also provides comfort to the dying and their families during the transition process.

Studies have shown that live music in a therapeutic setting can reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, enhance pain management, and relieve anxiety. Beverly uses voice, guitar, and reverie harp in her work. The reverie harp is an oval pentatonic harp that can be strummed or plucked by either the practitioner or the patient. It is not an instrument to be "played" but to be "played with" to create atmosphere and foster relaxation.

This program is for people who are interested in the uses of therapeutic music or for musicians who might be interested in becoming a certified CMP. Registration is welcomed, but not required. For more information on the certification program, follow this link.

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