An inspiring program that amplifies music’s power to change lives.
Allow us to take you inside the Bob & Joey Jackson Music Therapy Program, offered by Hospice of Santa Cruz County.
Music therapy changes lives by:
Making music a personal experience. Anya Ismail, our board-certified music therapist, visits with patients and families. She takes a patient-centered approach to creating a shared musical experience using guitar, voice, and an expansive repertoire of music.
Powerfully reigniting long-lost memories through music. Musical memories are often so deep – a patient will hear a certain song and their memories come into focus. These musical memories can help patients be more alert and present, and can reduce their feelings of isolation.
Harnessing the power of sound to spark changes in the body. The researched effects of music therapy include decreasing respiratory distress, managing pain, and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Making changes, small and big. The effects of music therapy are profound – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Patients often experience improved self-esteem, regained sense of control, and an increased ability to identify and express emotions.
If you’d like to learn more about music therapy, the American Music Therapy website is a wealth of information.
The story behind this program
This program was born out of friendship, and a shared love for music.