Mobile Music Makes way in Boston

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Sunday, September 18th through Tuesday the 20th, a unique vehicle will bring music to the Greater Boston area.  The Music Haul, a 17-foot U-haul truck which mechanically converts into a fully functioning stage with the touch of a button, will be touring Boston with concerts scheduled in the South End, Dorchester, and Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. Later stops include performances at Harvard Square and the State House.

Writing for the Boston Globe, Malcom Gay reports that the Music Haul is, “the brainchild of Yellow Barn, an acclaimed center for chamber music tucked away in the hills of southeastern Vermont.”

“Its creators say the Music Haul’s main mission is to bring world-class concert performances to the most unlikely of places: schools, underserved neighborhoods, hospitals, perhaps even prisons.”

“Because it’s unexpected, people will not have preconceptions, and they won’t feel the fear of ignorance in the face of an experience they’ve never had before.  Without that expectation, you have a kind of vulnerability, an openness, that one needs to listen in the best possible way.”

You can read the full article over on The Boston Globe website.

Music Therapy at Boston Children’s Hospital

What started as a volunteer program utilizing Berklee College Students in 1996 at the Boston Children’s Hospital has evolved into a program with four certified music professionals working 130 hours a week, all in the hopes of easing child patients anxieties and helping them cope with their illnesses.

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Melissa Bailey writing for the Boston Globe recently published an article focusing on the program and it’s impact on the hospital and its patients.  Bailey interviewed Joanna Bereaud, who started at the hospital as a Berklee student 15 years ago.

“Bereaud specializes in working with younger patients, including babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, where she helps parents compose songs to sing to their kids. Even when the child is sedated or can’t yet talk, she said, she can see a melody’s soothing effect: On the hospital monitors, their heart rates and breathing regulate.”

Music therapy used to be confined to patients awaiting bone marrow transplants, now it’s available to anyone.  In 2015, Bereaud and other music therapy staff treated 9,000 patients and their families.  From helping a child fall a sleep, use the bathroom, stay calm before a procedure, or even assist with the difficult process of saying the final goodbye, the power of music is undeniable.

You can read the full article here on the Boston Globe website.