The Healing Power of Music

The medical community has begun turning to the healing power of music. Increasingly, they have come to believe that the melody, pitch, timing and beat of music can alter a patient’s or caregiver’s, state of being by quieting the body and allowing the spiritual recesses of the mind to be more present. In fact, research shows that music can help lower heart beat and blood pressure by reducing the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol.

According to the American Cancer Society, there is evidence that, when used with conventional treatment, music therapy can help to reduce pain and relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

The Roger L. Stephens Memorial Music Fund

The purchase of the Steinway piano for the Cancer Institute’s main lobby through this fund, named in honor of Roger L. Stephens, will support the continuance of live music and its healing powers in The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cancer Institute.

Donate today by selecting The Roger L. Stephens Memorial Music Fund.


Roger L. Stephens

Roger L. Stephens joined the University of Tennessee in 2001 as the Director of the School of Music and succumbed to cancer in 2011 after a courageous battle with the disease. As a singer, stage director, and administrator, he worked tirelessly using music to make a difference in people’s lives, from helping to design the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center to using his vocal talent to entertain and uplift the spirits of both the medical staff and his fellow patients at The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cancer Institute. He refused to allow his long struggle with cancer to undermine his commitment to his work and his artistic expression, and he truly believed that music had the power to transform the human heart.