Until the COVID-19 pandemic slows, I’m offering remote music therapy services (via Zoom, Skype, etc.) for free to medical/hospital staff and their patients in the USA, UK, or anywhere in the world…

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Music Therapists have successfully transitioned to working remotely and are continuing to work with their clients.

Some hospitals have created “Zoom Rooms” for the emotional support of their hospital staff: A remote music therapist plays/sings song requests in a room where the hospital staff can take a moment to recharge their batteries with music.

Please get in contact if you are a health professional working with COVID-19 patients, and feel free to share this web page with your colleagues.  Thank you.

When one works in palliative care, one is faced with death every day.

I work at the Palliative Care Unit in the Department of Medical Oncology at Centre Fòrum, a hospital in Barcelona, Spain.  People often ask, “Why would anyone want to work in palliative care?  Isn’t it depressing and sad?”  One might think so, but paradoxically that’s often not the case.  When we know the end is near, we are often more determined that ever to squeeze life out of our remaining days and be positive – and it often has an inspiring effect on the hospital’s staff.

It’s a challenge to bring forth positive, healing, and life-affirming experiences when we are sick, in emotional or physical pain.  And if we are stuck in a hospital bed in a sterile white room, knowing our lives are likely nearing an end, that’s even more challenging.  But that’s why music therapy is such a powerful intervention in palliative care and hospice.  The end of one’s life is an obvious time for reflection, and music therapy contains multiple mechanisms that can provide physical, psychological, emotional, expressive, existential/spiritual and social support at this stage: Continue reading

Part of my time working at the Palliative Care Unit at Parc de Salut Mar, Barcelona, was doing some of the music therapy interventions and also gathering Electroencephalography (EEG) data to be analyzed for this study (released in March 2018): EEG-Based Analysis of the Emotional Effect of Music Therapy on Palliative Care Cancer Patients.

It was fascinating to be a part of, to my knowledge, the first study in the world that measured the effect of MT techniques as tools for modulating the emotional state of end-of-life patients using EEG data.

Jordi Mercade (Music Therapy Supervisor) and patient wearing the EEG device