LRH Offers New Music Therapy Program
September 20, 2010
Music is soothing. It can help you fall asleep, calm you when you are worried, relax you when you are in pain and provide a welcome change from the daily routine of being a patient in a hospital. When a Music Therapy Program was suggested for Littleton Regional Hospital, Volunteer Co-Directors, Charron Sundman and Stephanie Moskal agreed to take the lead on this new program. After all, local musicians volunteering their time and talents dovetailed perfectly with the already strong volunteer program at LRH.
Beginning this past July, Sundman and Moskal reached out to area musicians that they knew and asked them each to come in and play for the hospital’s inpatients for ½ hour once every 6 – 8 weeks. They’ve put together a wide variety of singers and musicians including Dick Alberini, George Brodeur, Ralph Aldrich, David Glover, Jo Gardner, Eban Crawford, David Saikin and Heart Songs, a local singing group.
Each week a different musician comes in to play for or serenade the patients at LRH. They can now enjoy classical guitar, show tunes, ballads, Irish folk tunes and jigs, country, violin, jazz, group singing tunes with more to come. The Littleton Hospital Auxiliary has generously offered to provide an electronic keyboard that can be kept in-house and used by area musicians who play the piano or organ.
The program is currently looking for accomplished pianists to use the hospital’s new keyboard when it arrives later this fall, as well as musicians who play stringed instruments that can be brought to the hospital. For more information about LRH’s Music Therapy Program or to sign up to play, please call Sundman or Moskal at (603) 444-9207.
Musician, Richard Alberini of Littleton plays the keyboard providing a variety of soothing music for patients and their families.
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