Top 10 reasons for listening to music in the office

Why do people listen to music in the office? Here are the top 10 reasons, according to academic research: Relaxation: “calms me down”, “eases stress”, “soothing” Concentration: “improves my ability to focus on what I am working on” Affect management: “helps me to remain positive” Block out distractions: “helps me concentrate, especially when someone else is in the office, or talking on the phone, or … Continue reading Top 10 reasons for listening to music in the office

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

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