Music medicine program brings bedside service to Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — Local Austin musicians and St. David’s Children’s Hospital are teaming up to bring the joy of music to hospitalized kids and teens with a therapeutic music medicine program called MyMusicRx.
With this effort, St. David’s Children’s Hospital becomes the first in Texas to launch bedside music service through MyMusicRx, which complements the facility’s child life program. Utilizing a state-of-the-art music cart stocked with high quality instruments, volunteer Austin musicians, who have undergone specialized training to learn music medicine techniques that are most effective with children, teens and their families, play and teach music to pediatric patients bedside in the hospital. MyMusicRx service is tailored to the patient’s needs and allows children to sing along, interact with instruments and explore music games and apps on a computer tablet.
“Medical research has shown that music can improve patient outcomes by reducing stress and anxiety,” Misty Rowlison, director of St. David’s Children’s Hospital, said. “The smile you see on a sick child’s face when they interact with music is priceless. We look forward to seeing many more smiles.”
MyMusicRx is the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) whose innovative programs leverage music, friendship and nature to create transformative moments of joy for kids facing cancer and serious illness.
“For 22 years CCA has been a pioneer and leader in customizing music medicine experiences to reduce stress, anxiety, and perception of pain for hospitalized kids of all ages and diagnoses,” Regina Ellis, founder and chief joy officer of Children’s Cancer Association, said. “We are proud to be partnering with St. David’s Children’s Hospital and with Austin’s incredible live music community to bring the healing power of music to Central Texas children and families.”
MyMusicRx content—including exclusive artist greetings, concerts and music lessons—is available at MyMusicRx.org. Online content includes interviews and performances from Austin artists such as Shakey Graves, Lukas Nelson and Jack Ingram, as well as international recording artists.
Individuals ages 18 and older who are interested in training as a volunteer music specialist must be able to sing and play guitar, use an electronic tablet and volunteer approximately two hours a week. For more information, contact the volunteer services coordinator at (512) 901-1223.
St. David’s Children’s Hospital
St. David’s Children’s Hospital is located at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare. With a separate, dedicated emergency department, medical surgical inpatient unit and pediatric intensive care unit for children ages 17 and under, it is staffed with pediatric physicians, including pediatric hospitalists, intensivists and other specialties expressly trained to care for children. St. David’s Children’s Hospital provides patients with a wide array of pediatric services, including pediatric surgery; pediatric radiology for interpretation of studies, as well as interventional services; pediatric anesthesia, as needed for surgical support; and a wide range of pediatric specialties available for consult and treatment, including cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery and urology, among others.
MyMusicRx is the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association who believes #JoyMatters and #MusicHeals. Two decades ago we began delivering the healing power of music to children and teens facing cancer and other serious illnesses. Today, our bedside and digital “music medicine” programs engage hospitalized children of all ages and diagnoses, relieving stress, anxiety, and perception of pain. Since 1995, MyMusicRx has served more than 180,000 children along with their families, caregivers, and medical professionals. MyMusicRx digital programs are available daily to 7,500 children in 25 pediatric hospitals across the country and growing. See MyMusicRx in action here, or visit us anytime at MyMusicRx.org