Miller Children’s Hospital Teamed With Children’s Music Fund for First “Hospital Concert”
2011-06-06 · By Editor
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach hit a high note when it teamed up with the Children’s Music Fund (“CMF”) for “Let’s Jam!,” bringing the first full “hospital concert” to hospitalized patients. The Children’s Music Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide musical instruments and music therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic and life-altering illnesses, and to support research on the effects of music therapy through creating an afternoon of high energy and interactive music to patients at Miller Children’s.
Music therapy soothes hospitalized children and their families with the healing power of signing, playing instruments and writing songs. Research shows that listening to music lowers blood pressure, promotes a more positive state of mind, reduces stress and anxiety levels and can even help reduce pain through the release of endorphins. At Miller Children’s, a music therapist, child life specialists, and volunteers all work together to deliver bedside music therapy, group music interactions, hallway performances and an interactive mobile music cart that travels through units and playrooms.
CMF guest artist 15-year-old Kaile Goh, a LAVA/Universal Republic Records recording artist from Singapore, began the afternoon by performing on the Giggles Show, a Miller Children’s special, child-oriented show designed just for patients. Kaile moved to the Miller West and Hematology/Oncology Playrooms for a short performance. Vanya Green, CMF’s Director of Music Therapy and singer/multi-instrumentalist, joined in to facilitate an afternoon jam session with Miller Children’s patients and music therapists.
“Today’s hospital concert was amazing,” states Laurel Terreri, MA, MT-BC, music therapist, Miller Children’s. “Listening to music can be very soothing and therapeutic and our patients were enjoying every minute of the performances and jam sessions.”
“The Children’s Music Fund was thrilled to work with the music therapists and the Child Life team at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach for ‘Let’s Jam,’” says Vanya Green, CMF’s Director of Music Therapy and singer/multi-instrumentalist. “The jam sessions were so much fun and playing music with the children was the best part of the day.”