……music is universal, soothing and affordable. Music is good medicine!!
If you are a musician, chances are your heart may have whispered to you “perhaps I can play my music to inspire and heal others.” It is quite common for artists to be the visionaries and healers since antiquity. The lyre soothed the agitated king, shamanic healers chanted and drummed while invoking the healing powers of the gods they believed in while Pythagoras trained his followers to heal with a simple seven stringed lyre. And now, today, in 2004, musicians are taking to the bedside like never before in modern history to deliver quantifiably healing music on a variety of instruments. What is old is new again, and science, technology and spirituality are meeting up through healing music at the bedside. Just watching this amazing video of sung tone turned into color shows the advances we have made in making the invisible comprehensible! Sound Made Visible Video Maybe you would like to participate in some way in this work, or just learn a bit more about it.
Until recently, we would only hear about Music Therapists in relation to music for therapy and healing. After 50 years of organization working to legitimize the field they have created a medical model that can work in all health care settings. They have extensive training and then seek employment in hospitals, long term care facilities, schools and they use music to affect therapeutic goals. While providing live acoustical music, they can use recorded as well to have an interactive, patient involved musical experience. Contrast this approach with the fairly new program, “The Music for Healing and Transition Program.” Based in New York, the program has graduated hundreds of Certified Music Practitioners who primarily use passive, beautiful relaxing, healing music at the bedside to achieve support and relaxation for humans in transition. The majority of Music Practitioners are sensitive, accomplished musicians who have heard the “call” to do this profound healing work. Their national conferences are rich with lectures and they share and discuss the future of their work within the overall context of sound healing. The Organization has begun to explore ways to work with other similar Healing Music groups to establish a core credentialing system that will establish and standardize the minimal competencies for those wishing to call themselves Sound, or Music Healers. What was once thought to be just a fancy of the holistic health movement or alternative treatment care is now being recognized, and sought after by Health Care Delivery systems.
I was part of a team in Sebastopol when the local hospital began to develop a Relationship based Critical Care program where a patient can request acupuncture, hypnotherapy, massage, or a MUSIC visit by a Music Therapist or Practitioner. The administration and hospital staff cannot ignore the research that supports what we already now…Music Heals. Admissions are shorter, stress is down in every measurable physiological system, babies in the ICN grow faster, patients using music during anesthesia use less with greater post op outcomes…the list goes on and on. And, this is a point I make in my presentation to the hospital care workers, music supports the staff in their emotional and physical exhausting work.
Music is affordable, preventative, in short, it is good medicine and there will a great demand for trained bedside musicians in this decade.What are the qualifications to become a healing musician? It depends on which program you join. The two most established programs are the Music Thanatology Program and the Music for Healing and Transition. They are quite different in their approach and I suggest you contact their websites to get a feel for their approach. CIIS is SF offers Sound Certification and also the Sound and Consciousness Institute in SF where I taught for 3 years has a multi-level program.
If you decide to begin to explore doing the work on your own, there are excellent books to assist you. Be sure to look up Joshua Leeds and David Gibson. You can also contact others in your area that are doing the work. Through you most likely have the core skills required to do the work appropriate, good intentions and sensitive musicianship, there are many skills you will want to acquire before actually embarking on this path. You will need to learn about the entrainment principle, how and what to play for certain patients and their states. You will learn to evaluate the response of your music on the patient and learn ways to modify the music to meet each unique situation. In the Music for Healing and Transition Program we learn about physiology and anatomy, how music affects the various systems, deportment in various environments, safety precautions and other modules so you are thoroughly prepared and competent. While there are certainly opportunities for well-meaning musicians to play at the bedside on a volunteer basis, there needs to be supervision and an eye for patient’s rights and needs from a place of experience and training. This work is a deeply compassionate path and the rewards are abundant. Each time I sing for a dying patient I am lifted, I am blessed as I merely pass along the beautiful music that is given to me to share through my intentional presence.
Perhaps you are already a musician and would like to perform in Healing Concerts and the new Events that fuse Healing and Music? Check out Paramount booking where Cheri Gross is bringing new initiatives and I wrote the Sound Healing Protocol for her Musicians. I hope you have developed an interest in looking into the possibility of expanding your music work. You have more resources than ever before to explore this wonderful world of service through music. Good luck becoming a Sound Healer!
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Namaste, Jan Cercone
Jan Cercone RN, MA, CMP is a Visionary Sound Specialist with a focus on Health Care, Entertainment, Women’s Leadership and Divine Partnership. A creative Workshop facilitator, she also has a gift for healing through her angelic voice. A recording artist, Omnium Graduate, Uncovering the Voice Graduate, and Director of the Solara Healing Center.
Her healing CDs can be found at Cdbaby.com
Sound Healing at a Restorative Yoga session
Jan’s presence, voice and inspirational nature bring a refreshing wave of new possibility for women emerging onto their unique path. Her passion is contagious and ignites the imagination, heart and soul to bring real change to individuals and groups worldwide. Jill Lublin international speaker and 3x best selling author publicitycrashcourse.com/freegift
Jan Cercone’s story of leaving safety and tradition to find her own voice and wings is an inspiration to women. She offers a heart-centered message full of hope.” Marci Smirnoff #1 NY Times bestselling author of Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason.
Jan Cercone’s work brings in intuition and sound healing science to help women use their voice to empower themselves.” Steven Halpern Grammy nominated recording artist and sound healer
“The Holy Spirit directed me to a sound journey with Jan Cercone. Her singing releases all my tension and relaxes me like I have never experienced in my life. My voice bio and sound journey were amazing. I did not want the state of blessedness to end.”
—Pat RN, VoiceBio client
“Jan has an extensive background in Music as therapy. She combined lecture,interactive musical activities, and color in combination with music into her class. She was wholeheartedly involved, inspiring, motivating and joyful in her presentation.” K.M., SRJC