Category Archives: Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham (Children’s)

Nottingham Children’s Hospital Mentoring – Final Thoughts

Angela Kang: Angela Kang 2 b&w What does a hospital musician do? This was a question asked at the beginning of working with Opus Music CIC. It was a question that seemed straightforward and simple to answer. Truth be told, one cannot fully understand and appreciate the many diverse aspects of this role without actually physically being in the hospital wards, taking part in the music making, or watching first-hand. Reading a scholarly article, training manual, or a blog entry can only give you an impression of what might take place. … Continue Reading ››

Nottingham Children’s Hospital Mentoring Reflections – Angela Kang

Angela Kang 2 b&w Knowing what type of music will enhance the psychological and physical wellbeing of patients relies on empathy and intuition. There are two things that are always necessary for this type of work – appropriateness of musician, and the appropriateness of musical selections. Empathy (personal and musical) is of great importance. First and foremost, a hospital musician needs to survey the situation, and identify whether a patient would be happy to listen to or engage with music. In some cases, this can be quite obvious (a … Continue Reading ››

Nottingham Children’s Hospital Mentoring Reflections – Joe Danks

joe danks b&w There are lots of skills required for this work, and as I come to the end of ten weeks training I realise there has been a huge amount of progression in all areas. I also understand now probably more than ever that there is a long way to go and even were I to train for ten years there would still be situations and interactions that would surprise me, and situations I could learn from. This has been demonstrated throughout the process, with new challenges presented … Continue Reading ››