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12 Ways to Use Music for Healthy Living

musicandcreativetherapyby Bev Foster B.Ed., B.Mus., ARCT, AMus


Ubiquitous. That four syllable word describes how music permeates our world. It is everywhere – in every culture, in schoolrooms, at sporting events, in parades, on radios, ipods and mp3 players, in grocery stores or markets, on street corners, in religious institutions and health care clinics, in concert halls, dance studios and theatres. Music accompanies us on the journey, through life passages, through sickness, through health.

Music has a capacity to reach into every human domain and improve our quality of life through stimulation, social integration, communication, expression and daily routine. Music is a powerful medium.

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The Room 217 story – a caregiver’s response to cancer

musicandcreativetherapyby Bev Foster


I’ve always had a strong sense that music is my close companion along the journey of life. Music has accompanied me through various life passages, but there is one passage that I’ll never forget. It happened in Room 217 at the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital. My Dad was dying of cancer.


Dad loved music. He played the piano mostly by ear. I loved doing music with him. We used to play hymns together on Sunday afternoons. He would be at the organ and I would be at the piano. Dad and Mom would come to my recitals and concerts at school, church and in the community when I was a student and when I began playing professionally.


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