Strike Up the Band For Better Health

Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest hospital in Boston, employs four music therapists to work with patients and recruits professional musicians for live performances in waiting rooms and lobbies. Its environmental music program has been enthusiastically received by employees and families who say encountering live music in a hospital instantly improves the experience, said Lorrie Kubicek, a board-certified music therapist at the hospital.

“Most people who pass through an area where there is a live musician playing find it a relaxing and calming experience,” she said.

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