Music In Healthcare Settings Kevin O Shanahan What

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Please Note: these notes were to accompany a full training session and do not give the full experience of the training.

These notes are for musicians experienced in
working in healthcare settings to come together
for continued learning and sharing of experiences.

Facilitators Aingeala de Burca and Kevin
O Shanahan will explore some of the differences and similarities between music therapy and participatory music in healthcare, varying techniques and approaches and issues that emerge for musicians in this field of work.

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Music In Healthcare Settings Kevin O Shanahan What

  1. 1. <ul><li>Kevin O’Shanahan – </li></ul><ul><li>notes and ideas on Music in Healthcare Settings </li></ul>Kevin O’Shanahan – notes and ideas on Music in Healthcare Settings
  2. 2. What is Music in Healthcare? <ul><li>Part of wider Arts and Health practice </li></ul><ul><li>Where the interests, resources and expertise of the arts and health sectors intersect </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative/Participative model </li></ul><ul><li>Approach reflects individual practitioner </li></ul>
  3. 3. My approach to MIH <ul><li>Mental Health settings </li></ul><ul><li>Bursary to develop practice </li></ul><ul><li>Evolving </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse influences </li></ul><ul><li>Some key elements </li></ul><ul><li>MIH and MT </li></ul>
  4. 4. Flexibility <ul><li>“Light Mind” V “Tight Mind” (B. Houseman) </li></ul><ul><li>Balance of energy but not pushing too hard </li></ul><ul><li>Plan but always ready to change </li></ul><ul><li>Improvisation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Self Awareness <ul><li>Awareness of own tensions (breath) </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of Environment. In tune with energy/music in a room </li></ul><ul><li>Self consciousness prevents connecting </li></ul><ul><li>Listening/Stillness </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective practice </li></ul>
  6. 6. Playfulness <ul><li>“ Mental Bounce” (Houseman) </li></ul><ul><li>Looks effortless (when working!) </li></ul><ul><li>Smile! Play! Be creative </li></ul><ul><li>Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Out of left brain into right brain </li></ul><ul><li>Humour (William Fry) </li></ul>
  7. 8. Patch Adams Quote <ul><li>“If we define health as a happy, vibrant, exuberant life, it allows everyone to be healthy, even the person with aids or cancer. Even the person dying that day can be healthy.” </li></ul>
  8. 9. Critical Thinking <ul><li>Continual reflection/refinement of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Blacking.J (1987) All knowledge is open to scrutiny </li></ul><ul><li>Folk music= to enhance a social occasion (MIH?) </li></ul><ul><li>Art music= the reason for a social occasion </li></ul><ul><li>Blurring of boundaries? </li></ul>
  9. 10. Link to the Spirit <ul><li>Music/dance are expressions of spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Music/Health are both vital energies </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of own spirit and that of group </li></ul><ul><li>Music for ritual purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Role of Shaman (Joseph Campbell) </li></ul>
  10. 12. Creating Community <ul><li>All group members are equal </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is innately musical/creative </li></ul><ul><li>From birth we are hardwired for music (Don Campbell) </li></ul><ul><li>African aesthetic “Without participation there is no meaning” </li></ul><ul><li>Rhythm/Voice/Movement </li></ul>
  11. 14. How MIH is similar to MT <ul><li>Music is the tool of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Musical techniques (improvisation) </li></ul><ul><li>Process of Assessment/Evaluation </li></ul>
  12. 15. How MIH differs to MT? <ul><li>Clinical information </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation of practitioners </li></ul>
  13. 16. Clinical information <ul><li>MT Clinical Diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Music Therapist part of Multi Disciplinary team (MDT) </li></ul><ul><li>MIH Practical clinical information </li></ul><ul><li>Musician not part of MDT </li></ul><ul><li>Benefit of autonomy </li></ul>
  14. 17. Structure <ul><li>Sessions prescribed for patient (MT) </li></ul><ul><li>More structured programme? </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical goals/Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Therapeutic “work” outside sessions? </li></ul><ul><li>Patient choice to attend (MIH) </li></ul><ul><li>Music for all present </li></ul><ul><li>Less structured/Greater flexibility? </li></ul>
  15. 18. Purpose <ul><li>Clinical change in Client ? (MT) </li></ul><ul><li>Greater level of analysis/link to psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Counselling Expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity and Self Expression (MIH) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with other art forms </li></ul><ul><li>If issues arise, forwarded to MDT? </li></ul>
  16. 19. Motivation <ul><li>Musician interested in formalised counselling training (MT) </li></ul><ul><li>Musician interested in sharing passion for music with others? </li></ul>

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