08.07.18 in MyMusicRx
For many people, music is therapy, a way to escape and to be inspired and happy. That’s especially true for sick kids at local hospitals. MyMusicRX has been around for more than 30 years through the Children’s Cancer Association, and it has launched an extension of its flagship program so kids can access it anywhere online.
08.02.18 in MyMusicRx
Vance Joy has launched a new charitable initiative called Ukuleles for Kids. The musician teamed up with ukulele brand Kala and MyMusicRx — the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association — to kick off his new program, bringing the instruments to children in hospitals. Joy himself will film video lessons hosted by MyMusicRx, teaching the notes to songs including his own “Riptide” and latest single “Saturday Sun.” Kala will donate plastic, hospital-sanitary ukuleles, encouraging patients to learn how to play.
08.01.18 in MyMusicRx
The digital service, which is available daily on any device at MyMusicRx.org and at more than 25 pediatric hospitals nationwide, empowers hospitalized kids to shift, plan, and grow through music by utilizing a proprietary mood-shift tool to help them feel better, faster. MyMusicRx.org’s extensive “Listen, Learn, Play” content library features music lessons, games, and exclusive videos from national recording artists like Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, Norah Jones, Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, The Decemberists, and Tegan and Sara.
06.04.18 in MyMusicRx
St. David’s Children’s Hospital is helping patients heal with the power of music. The north Austin hospital partnered with MyMusicRx, to bring local Austin musicians to the hospital and play for children. The volunteers are all specially trained to learn music medicine techniques, depending on a child’s mood and needs. “Our specialists play music, the often will even teach lessons,” said Abby Guyer, vice president of brand for Children’s Cancer Association, “and the notion is that kids get to be in charge of the interaction. so we like to say its kid-prescribed rather than doctor-prescribed.”
03.19.18 in MyMusicRx
Music from SXSW made a stop at Dell Children’s Hospital on Thursday! It’s the sixth year for MyMusicRX to partner with Dell Children’s for the music event where musicians play in the courtyard at the hospital for any patient who wants to listen.
“MyMusicRX brings joy to children that are in the hospital and not able to experience the things that other kids are able to enjoy,” said Sarah Marshall with the MyMusicRX Austin Champions Board, “It’s just a break from the medications, a break from the treatments, just a time to laugh and have fun.”
02.20.18 in MyMusicRx
CCA + Legacy: Collaborative study looks to decrease pain and anxiety in children with live music post-surgery
“Most of the published work on the effects of music in patients involves adults,” said R. Serene Perkins, MD, Director of Surgical and Clinical Research, Legacy Research Institute. “Assessing and managing pain and anxiety in children is more difficult, which is what led us to explore the impact of music medicine in a pilot group of hospitalized children. We believe there is a critical gap in pediatric oncology research: understanding the role of integrative therapies to combat the adverse effects of stress on pediatric patients.”
02.20.18 in MyMusicRx
Children’s Cancer Association Clinical Trial Explores Efficacy of Music Medicine on Kids in Hospital
In a first of its kind collaboration, the Portland, OR-based Children’s Cancer Association (CCA), Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel (RCH)and Legacy Research Institute (LRI) co-led a study to assess the impact of using live music medicine on post-surgery pediatric patients to reduce pain and anxiety. The study was led by R. Serene Perkins, M.D. and Shaban Demirel, PhD in partnership with CCA professional staff and focused on CCA’s flagship program, MyMusicRx. As part of the study, thirty-two pediatric patients aged between 5 and 18 years were considered to receive one live, customized music session by a MyMusicRx music specialist within 12 hours after surgery.
12.20.17 in MyMusicRx
That’s right, it’s the return of Bedstock, the annual festival for kids and teens with cancer organized by MyMusicRX, where artists perform from bed to show solidarity for children who have to spend the festive season in theirs. Since its inception in 2014, Bedstock has featured more than 240 bands and artists, 54 kids, 45 authors (they read stories from bed), and raised more than $170,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association. The #BedstockChallenge, which encourages fans and social media users to post their own Bedstock videos, has seen entries from all over the globe, including from India, Argentina, Germany, and Japan. Check out Portugal. The Man’s under-the-covers cover of “Don’t Look Back in Anger” in the video.