Because music heals
Healing Muses' professional musicians provide live, therapeutic harp music to support patient care & recovery in hospitals, hospice, cancer wards, & children's palliative care centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
My mom was in distress and we thought she was very close to death. We were so upset. Then you came. The nurse said my mother's blood pressure dropped back into the calm zone while you played the harp. I wish you could stay longer.
-Patient's daughter, ICU, Kaiser San Francisco
...music-based interventions can modulate cerebral blood flow, reduce pre-operative anxiety and post-operative stress, improve surgery outcomes, and lower cortisol levels.
Our soothing harp music creates a calming environment that reinforces healing for patients and significantly reduces stress for visitors and staff.
Since 1999, Healing Muses' fully-vetted team of professional musicians has played thousands of hours of live harp music for hundreds of patients, family members, and staff at major healing centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including:
- George Mark Children's House (San Leandro)
- Women's Cancer Center of the East Bay (Pleasant Hill)
- UCSF Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building (San Francisco)
- Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (Martinez)
- Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Antioch, and Livermore
Our harpers are highly skilled at playing music for therapeutic purposes and are capable of adjusting to situational needs.
Muses return time and again; their familiarity with routines and the special needs of staff and patients at every location allows them to integrate seamlessly with a site's individual programs.
As trained professionals, our musicians establish a long-term relationship with personnel at each site, getting to know individual staff members and working with them collaboratively to meet patient needs.
When our harpers visit locations, their primary focus is not on themselves as musicians, but on the power of music to heal. They are committed to creating musical environments that fully support patient care and the well being of staff and family.
Healing Muses wishes to thank California Arts Council for supporting us with a 2022 General Operating Award!
We are grateful to all our benefactors, both large and small. You are what keep us going!