Music and wellness programs need strong relationships between healthcare professionals, musicians, program administrators, and participants to be effective.
Healthcare professionals involved in music and wellness should have in-depth knowledge of participants and their musical preferences. Programs will ideally utilize the expertise of board-certified music therapists, but social workers, child life specialists, doctors, nurses, support group leaders, recreational therapists, physical and respiratory therapists, and others who understand the needs of participants can also provide valuable support.
By sharing their insights, healthcare professionals guide musicians and program administrators’ planning. They ensure that sessions meet participants’ needs by determining goals, helping musicians get to know participants, and observing sessions.
Any amateur or professional musician who is willing to collaboratively design events that meaningfully engage participants can lead music and wellness sessions. After healthcare professionals identify appropriate goals, musicians choose the pieces and activities they will use to accomplish those goals while playing for and interacting with participants.
Program administrators working in arts organizations, community centers, libraries, schools, and other institutions often facilitate communication between musicians and healthcare professionals. To allow musicians to focus solely on preparing suitable session content, administrators frequently schedule events, coordinate logistics, and ensure that musicians learn about goals and participants.
Music and wellness program participants can be hospital patients, individuals in residential care facilities, the families of patients or residents, medical professionals, or others using music to enhance health and well-being.