Effects of music in children’s hospitals

How many children are in hospital in the UK, and what are the effects of hospitalisation in children? Can music help children in hospitals, and if so – how? 20% of children in the UK attend accident and emergency departments at some point in their lives. 700,000 children have at least one overnight stay, and 300,000 attend for day surgery (University of Salford 2012). There … Continue reading Effects of music in children’s hospitals

Music in hospital film is spreading

I am immensely proud to see that the film I made last year about OPUS Music’s work in children’s hospitals is spreading over the internet. I filmed and edited the film during the course of an evaluation research project that I had designed to assess the impact of their music activities in hospitals. Please do pass the film on to anyone who might be interested, … Continue reading Music in hospital film is spreading

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Music in hospitals – precious moments

Here are some of the many pictures I took as a part of the documentation and evaluation of OPUS Music CIC‘s activities in hospitals. OPUS have a specialism in taking music into healthcare settings, and I was very fortunate to be able work as an Evaluation Consultant for them last year, and I went with them on many of their music rounds in Queen’s Medical … Continue reading Music in hospitals – precious moments

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Effects of music in hospitals

Can music in hospital settings be beneficial? What kinds of beneficial effects can music have in this context? In general, music has been reported as beneficial in healthcare settings. Listening to music can have positive effects in particular areas of hospitals according to a report. Those areas were: Neonatal care (significant improvement in clinical and behavioural states, reducing the length of stay in hospital) Cancer care (reducing … Continue reading Effects of music in hospitals

How music can help to reduce workplace stress

Work-related stress is related to ill-health. Stress in the workplace can also reduce productivity, in particular when stress manifests itself as a reduction in psychological well-being. This has a very real and clear financial impact on organisations and their budgets, as stress at work costs the UK economy 10% of the total GDP every year. These figures are likely to rise further, as recent figures from The Organisation … Continue reading How music can help to reduce workplace stress

4 types of music in hospitals activities

Live music in hospitals in America and Europe has increased over the last 10 years, and it is possible to distinguish different types of music making activities in health care settings. 1) Bedside Music Bedside music in particular is described as a regular, long-term intervention. Musicians “make rounds” and play in schoolrooms, wards and individual cubicles. The music events can be performances, but they are … Continue reading 4 types of music in hospitals activities

Music at work can be irritating for retail staff

Previous research into the effects of music on staff in the retail sector suggests: 65% say music makes employees in the retail sector more productive 75% believe that background music could help to relax and minimize awkward silences in workplaces This is an interesting piece of research, as this is one of the first times that a study has focused on employees working in the … Continue reading Music at work can be irritating for retail staff

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Music listening at work: beneficial or distracting?

Some argue that multi-tasking is ruining our brains. The idea is that our brains are changing because we have to multi-task to a greater extent today, given the access to new technology in our society (according to a Professor Clifford Nass at Stanford University). This research has been interpreted to suggest that listening to music at work can be detrimental. Especially for music with lyrics. The results in … Continue reading Music listening at work: beneficial or distracting?

Presenting at Trent Paediatric Society conference 17 Sept

Next week, on Tuesday 17 September, I am presenting some evaluation data at the Trent Paediatric Society conference in Mansfield. The data come from the evaluation study that I have been working on this year, investigating the effects of OPUS Music activities in children’s hospitals in the East Midlands area. It will be an excellent opportunity to present the findings in front of paediatric specialists … Continue reading Presenting at Trent Paediatric Society conference 17 Sept