“The idea of music as a healing influence, which could affect health and behavior is at least as old as the writings of Aristotle and Plato.”
- American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
Step off the elevator at the Cancer Institute and most days you will be greeted by music. You might even get to enjoy a performance by a group from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
Music affects the physical, emotional, cognitive and social disposition of individuals of all ages, the AMTA reports. Research has proven that music has a positive effect on individuals under stress due to illnesses or other life issues.
Through planned and systematic uses of music and music activities, a music therapist will provide opportunities for anxiety and stress reduction, management of pain and discomfort, positive changes in mood and emotional states, and active, positive participation in treatment. Benefits can improve quality of life, provide relaxation for the patient and meaningful time spent together with peers, caregivers and family members in a positive, creative way.
- Group and individual sessions are available at no charge. Program is supported by a Getty Foundation Grant.
Just a few of the healing benefits through music include the following:
- Relaxation for mind and body to reduce anxiety and stress.
- Outlet for expressing feelings and emotions.
- Reduced levels of pain through occupying the central nervous system with musical stimulus.
- Reduced nausea.
- Help in coping with depression.
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music & Wellness Partnership
The Cancer Institute is fortunate to have a volunteer, Jane Wauford and Stephanie Wayland, who share their musical talent with patients, families and the staff. Jane, not only donated a “portable” piano but also plays in the reception and chemotherapy areas. Light, cheerful melodies such as “The Sting” and a multitude of other selections entertain patients. Guest appearances are made by our physicians when they are not treating patients and members of the KSO play during their symphony season.