Our approach to healing music is grounded in a set of simple, research-based practices. From that starting point, we work closely with staff to support each location’s particular needs.
Select appropriate instruments
Research has shown that instruments with a broad register and distinct notes (plucked rather than bowed or blown) help lower noise volume and provide a measure of privacy; they do not compete with the human voice. Harps have an especially powerful and healing impact on heart rhythms (see Research). Instead of conflicting with them, our music protects conversations and emotions.
Support continuity of care
We train and employ a group of musicians who not only play the highest-quality music, but commit to a regular schedule. This continuity of service respects staff time as each Muse is familiar with staff and their protocols. Muses’ commitment to repeated service enables a focus on the music and healing, not on the musician. Patients, family and staff all benefit.
Provide training and ongoing program reviews
In order to qualify for Healing Muses’ work, our staff musicians (‘Muses’) must bring a memorized repertoire and requisite level of musical skill. New musicians undergo an apprenticeship to ensure they present a calm, respectful demeanor at all times and are able to shift gracefully with immediate conditions. Our staff musicians hold ongoing reviews with Healing Muses’ medical adviser to exchange information regarding the impact of repertoire, learn of recent research, and consult on particularly difficult care situations. Our review process ensures we continue to offer our clients and their patients the highest possible therapeutic value.