Reflections on practice: Responses to music in hospitals

nick cutts 1 300We get a wide range of reactions to our music-making in children's hospitals - from the babies, children and young people themselves, and from their families and staff. Staff greet us with delight as colleagues, often give us a 'heads-up' about their ward, and go about their work with the confidence that we will contribute positively to the environment and the people within it. Patients and their families, especially those who have not previously experienced music-making in the hospital, often greet us with a look of … Continue Reading ››

Music in Healthcare Settings Conference: Derby, 16 July 2015

royal derby hospitalThursday 16th July 2015, 9.30am - 4.30pm Education Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, UK. We are delighted to launch the forthcoming International Music in Healthcare Conference, hosted by OPUS Music CIC in partnership with Royal Derby Hospital and Air Arts to Aid Wellbeing. Bringing together music for health practitioners, healthcare staff, promoters, funders, researchers and other key stakeholders, this event promises to provide stimulus for discussion and debate around the ongoing development of Music in Healthcare settings across the UK and beyond. A mix of … Continue Reading ››

Reflections on Apprenticeship – Joe Danks

joe danks b&wMy experience as a Music In Healthcare Apprentice in 2014/15 has provided me with a fantastic platform to build my own practice in the coming months and years. I strongly believe that good MiH practice comes from experience, and that this work is all about learning how to adapt to different situations. One thing I would like to highlight is how a combination of non-verbal approach techniques and repertoire in different languages can help overcome some of the challenges posed by cultural diversity in our hospitals. Instrumental … Continue Reading ››
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