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The healing power of music

Kerry Devlin is the Senior Music Therapist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine. She's pictured here with the instrument cart used when working with children at the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Credit: Provided by CMM

Music can soothe, motivate and stir feelings. Can music heal? Dr. Alexander Pantelyat, who runs the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, develops therapies and conducts research with patients who have Parkinson’s disease and other ailments. He says it’s not one-size-fits all, and can be tailored to each patient just like other medications.

Plus, Senior Music Therapist Kerry Devlin, who works with adults and children, says that using music for healing may not be the right fit for everyone, but for many:

“It’s an experience that brings something different into their care. It feels really different from some of the other therapies that they move through because of the ways in which it holds space for their experiences, their music and their personhood.”

Links: The Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, Where to find a music therapist.

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