Through the initiative and collaboration of Lee Bartel of MaHRC and Renee Lyons, Research Chair and Scientific Director of the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Bev Foster, Director of the Room 217 Foundation, has been engaged to head a comprehensive music optimization project of newly opened and stunning Bridgepoint Hospital. Funded through the Bridgepoint Foundation, this assessment is assumed to be a first of its kind and is expected to generate a model for examining music care potential – how to optimize the beautiful physical environment and patient rehabilitative care through music. It is proposed that music care delivery is comprised of informed and intentional musical implementation and music integration in a health care setting. Potential in ten domains of music care delivery will be examined:
- Community Music: individuals or organizations that partner with the healthcare team to provide musical services or entertainment in the facility
- Music Care Specialties: individuals that bring their musical training and/or experience in music care to a healthcare setting
- Music Therapy: a specific scope of music care practice that uses music and musical tools to address clinical goals and objectives within a therapeutic relationship
- Music Programming: staff or volunteers within the facility who plan for and employ the use of music into recreational or therapeutic programs that are delivered to individuals or groups
- Music Technology: the intentional use of technology and staff training to use technology to suit patients’ musical needs or staff’s treatment goals
- Environmental Sound: intentionally setting ambient healing sounds in the facility
- Music Medicine: the prescriptive use of music strategies in healthcare for medical-related outcomes
- Staff, Volunteer and Family Music Wellness: attending to the wellness of facility staff and volunteers through music
- Music Care Training: educating care providers, caregivers and other stakeholders (i.e. teachers) in the integration and implementation of music in care
- Music Care Research: the use of systematic evidence for music and its use in healthcare
About the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation: Bridgepoint Active Healthcare and its Research Collaboratory focuses on individuals with complex, multiple health conditions. We know from research these people are often some of the highest users of healthcare services, and yet, we know little about the population and how health services can be re-engineered to be more effective. The Collaboratory has 6 scientists, two postdocs, and several research affiliates and has completed over 15 research projects on complex chronic conditions.
About the Room 217 Foundation: The Room 217 Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation and registered Canadian charity dedicated to caring for the whole person with music by producing and delivering therapeutic music products, providing skills & training for integrating music into care and supporting innovative research in music and care.
About MaHRC: The Music and Health Research Collaboratory, based at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, is a synergistic and collaborative set of researcher groups exploring connections of sound to the human experience of health. The focus of MaHRC is on music (sound) and health broadly defined by four overlapping and inter-related spheres: (1) Therapy and Medicine, (2) Body, Brain, Mind, (3) Society and Culture, and (4) Teaching, Learning and Performing.
Photography credit to: Tom Arban Photography