Music As Medicine
Julia at the piano
There are all sorts of things in hospitals to help kids. Music is one of my favorites. I got to listen to beautiful calm music whenever I had to have anything done that hurt me, so that I could relax. Then it never hurt so bad. The piano in the play room is another way to make music. It may not be beautiful, but it sure is loud, and sometimes that's just what you need to get loud feelings out. I hope that if you go to the hospital, you'll have a chance to play the piano!

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

Last updated: November 14, 2004