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Symphony Mondays – Continued!!

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Symphony Mondays (1)-page-0We are excited to continue our 3rd season with the Saint Louis Symphony! Thanks to their generous and ‘harmonious’ partnership with us at SLU Cancer Center, we are lucky enough to host Saint Louis Symphony performances in our Outpatient Infusion Clinic. These talented musicians volunteer their time to provide our infusion patients with a unique and rewarding experience during an otherwise unpleasant treatment. Symphony players perform in duos, arranging music from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and even Modern composers to enhance patient relaxation and enrich their sensory stimulation. Patients, caregivers, and staff nurses alike are ‘infused’ with the healing power of the dynamic and emotive music – A classy cure for any “Case of the Mondays.”

– Saint Louis Symphony Performances @ The SLU Cancer Center are funded by
The League of American Orchestras Getty Education and Community Investment Grant.

R-O-C-K in the B.M.T. !

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Part of our mission here at the Saint Louis University Cancer Center is to create new ways to bring music and music therapy to patients and staff. Our intern, Brian Hilderbrand, and I have made it part of our routine to play in the lobby of the SLU Outpatient Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic. This is a great way to generate patient referrals by letting the music help patients decide if they are interested in individual sessions – plus the smiling nurses, doctors, and staff members are not shy to voice their appreciation (and request songs)!

We count ourselves very fortunate to work around such a compassionate and professional medical staff here at SLU’s Cancer Center, and it’s our distinct pleasure to share with them some benefits of music therapy while helping our patients relax and enhance their treatment experience.

Our new intern : Brian Hilderbrand

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We are ultra excited about our newest intern at the Cancer Center! We thought we’d introduce you to someone we expect will be a great Music Therapist in the future!

Here’s a short background on our newest addition : Brian Hilderbrand

Brian Hilderbrand is the new music therapy intern at the St. Louis University Cancer Center. He is a student in the music therapy program at Maryville University and is currently in pursuit of his Master’s degree in music therapy. His internship experience has been diverse and includes music therapy programs associated with the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center, Giant Steps of St. Louis, St. Louis Arc, and the Washington University Neurofibromatosis Center. Before attending Maryville University, Brian earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently works as an in-home caregiver that assists seniors and disabled adults and helps them to maintain their independence. He has been playing the guitar for 11 years and frequently shares his talents with clients that he works with.

Music Therapy Grand Rounds : Therapeutic Songwriting

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April 9th, 2014 from 2 – 5pm

We are thrilled to announce our latest opportunity to educate and inspire the community about Music Therapy with an upcoming Grand Rounds presentation! With Therapeutic Songwriting as our focus, the presentation will feature Crystal Weaver, CRC, MT-BC, Tracie Sandheinrich, MT-BC, and Grammy Award Nominee Andrew Dwiggins, MT-BC – describing how we and our patients collaboratively transform their experiences and emotions into song.

Why is songwriting therapeutic? How are songs for the radio different from therapeutic songs? Does a patient need to be an accomplished musician/songwriter for a session to be successful?

These and more questions will be answered by our engaging presentation: including patient interviews, session experiences, and most importantly – MUSIC!