L to R: Jerry Lynam (volunteer musician), Eithne Kellett (Heartbeats), Ali Baker Kerrigan (Arts and Health Manager and member of Heartbeats), Mary Louise O' Donnell (Musician in Residence, Soothing Sounds), Rory Adams (Music Therapist, Psychiatry), Eun Mi Ko (Music Therapy Student), Clara Monahan (Senior Music Therapist, TUH), Aoilenn Ni Chonchubair (Heartbeats).

Arts and Health at TUH and the Music Therapy Service hosted vibrant celebrations for World Music Therapy Day in Tallaght University Hospital on Monday 15 April.

Music therapy is an evidence-based, allied health profession and can help to reduce stress and promote positive, meaningful engagement and purposeful interaction for patients during their hospital stay.

A series of events raised awareness of the work of Clara Monahan (Senior Music Therapist, TUH) and Rory Adams (Music Therapist, Psychiatry). There was a morning drop-in session with an information stand where Clara and Rory were available to chat about the service they offer and explain what is involved in clinical therapy programmes.

In the afternoon, the music therapists collaborated with Ali Baker Kerrigan (Arts and Health Manager), harpist Mary Louise O’ Donnell (Musician in Residence from Soothing Sounds programme), volunteer musicians and staff members of Heartbeats TUH Choir to facilitate a ‘Pop-Up Sing-Along’ in the hospital atrium highlighting the health benefits of singing and music-making for patients, staff and visitors.


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