Live music versus recorded music
Although listening to recorded music can be pleasant, much of the positive physiological effects come from the vibration of the wood and/or vocal chords, and the therapeutic musician can watch the patient and alter the music as is needed.
In our training toward the certification as a therapeutic music practitioner we learn to watch the patient’s breathing, the monitors of heartbeat and pulse, and learn to slow or increase the pace of the music. We learn about the different modes and how each one has a slightly different effect. We learn more about how to improvise and extend pieces that are having the desired effect. There is much more to bedside healing music than meets the eye. It is a fairly new field in western culture and more is being learned through practice and research every day. In another place I will share some of my stories as illustrations.
Hospitals around the nation and abroad are increasingly hiring and doctors prescribing sessions with therapeutic musicians – otherwise known as certified music practitioners – as a complementary treatment. There is also a branch of the field devoted entirely to playing for the dying - music thanotology - and some of the more forward-thinking hospices also engage the services of CMPs. A number of medical professionals find that their treatments are greatly enhanced by having their patients having sessions with a therapeutic musician.
THE MOST COMMONLY USED, AND CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE MUSIC IS INSTRUMENTAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC. I USE A COMBINATION OF CELTIC, EARLY MUSIC AND FOLK TUNES, MIXED WITH SOME OF MY ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS, MANY OF WHICH ARE INFLUENCED BY THOSE GENRES. IN MY HEALING MUSIC SESSIONS I PLAY THE FOLK HARP, GUITAR AND/OR USE VOCALIZATIONS WHEN CALLED FOR.
“Like a good home, Raven Hunter’s music is built on a foundation of love and hard work……that deep love and understanding of music shines through, soaring on the wings of her gorgeous and distinctive voice.”