UPMC Mercy Live Lobby Music
On Monday, February 1st, Sister Carole Riley's Intermediate and Advanced Piano classes, which consist of Music Performance majors, as well as students in both Music Education and Music Therapy degree programs, performed as part of UPMC MERCY Live Lobby Music. The performance was part of a community engagement activity aimed at alleviating the pain and stress of those in a hospital setting.
Many patients and their families, as well as the hospital staff were touched by the performance, and many came to watch and listen. Patients, along with their families and friends were moved by the event as was evidenced by many clapping their hands to the beat and their faces lighting up. A man in a wheel chair tapped his feet and smiled, while his family waited for the next elevator so he could hear the full performance.
The Director of Clinical and Support Service, Patty Neumeyer explained, "We know that our patients and their loved ones require a tremendous amount of affirmation and support as they grapple with stabilization of their bodily functions, mood, medication, and so on. Often, the value [of music] is easily seen from the expression on their faces that changes from sadness or stress to smiles and hope once music is introduced."
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