Our Role in Science. The GentleMUSES intention in research projects is to
collaborate with medical personnel who measure the effects of live harp music on the health and well-being of participants, as well as its influence as a catalyst toward mental, spiritual, and physical healing.
For adult patients, "half of an hour of music produces the same effect as ten milligrams of Valium."
Dr. Raymond Bahr
Head of the Coronary Care Unit at Baltimore's
St. Agnes Hospital
At the California State University in Fresno, studies by psychologist Janet Lapp have shown that migraine patients who have started and continue to listen regularly to their favorite music have one-sixth as many headaches as before.
Some studies have shown that enriching the acoustic environment of neonatal units with music can increase the speed at which preterm infants gain weight and reduce their length of stay in the unit. (Int. J Arts Med. 1997; 5:4)
When used by surgical patients, music has been shown to reduce the need for anesthesia and pain relievers. Nurse-anesthetist Maureen Reilly of San Antonio, Texas is involved in research on the subject of music and anesthesia, as is Fred Schwartz, anesthesiologist at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia
The Gentle Muses play a variety of music, folk, classical, religious, modal to improvised. To listen, click on button above.