Music and Health Exchange: Crossroads of Music and Medicine

June 29, 2018

The Berklee Music and Health Institute hosted a conversation with medical professionals, practitioners, and musicians to explore the intersection of music and medicine with a focus on chronic pain, trauma, and addiction.


8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In
Coffee and Conversation

Darla S. Hanley, Ph.D.; Dean, Professional Education Division, Berklee College of Music





Joy Allen, Chair, Music Therapy Department; Acting Director, Berklee Music and Health Institutute

9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

Roger H. Brown, President, Berklee

9:20 a.m. Intersection of Arts in Public Policy

Marty Martinez, Chief of Health and Human Services, City of Boston

9:30 a.m.–9:50 a.m. Setting the Stage

David Silbersweig, M.D.; Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; Codirector, Institute for the Neurosciences; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School; Dean for Academic Programs at Partners HealthCare


9:50 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Keynote: Crossroads of Music and Medicine

Annie Heiderscheit, Ph.D., MT-BC, L.M.F.T.; Director of Music Therapy, Augsburg College; Chair of Communications, International Association of Music and Medicine; Chair of Publications, World Federation of Music Therapy


10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Chronic Pain

Pain: The Intersection of Sensation and Emotion

Daniel B. Carr, M.D., M.A.; Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine Anesthesiology; Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology; Program Director and Founder, Pain, Research, Education, and Policy, Tufts University School of Medicine

Music in the Burn Unit?

Robert Sheridan, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.S.; Burn Service Medical Director, Boston Shriners Hospital for Children, Division of Burns; Massachusetts General Hospital Professor of Surgery; Harvard Medical School Musician as Physician: Interwoven Artistry for Complex Cancer Pain Management



Musician as Physician: Interwoven Artistry for Complex Cancer Pain Management

Douglas E. Brandoff, M.D.; Director, Opioid Safety and Compliance; Physician Leader, Schwartz Center Rounds; Attending, Palliative Care Clinic; Senior Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School


11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Addiction

Drug Story Theater: Where the Treatment of One Becomes the Prevention of Many

Joseph Shrand, M.D.; Chief of Adolescent Psychiatry; High Point Treatment Centers Lecturer, Harvard Medical School 


Treatment and Creativity: Why They Go So Well Together

Woody Giessmann, L.A.D.C.-I., C.A.D.C., C.I.P., A.I.S.; Founder and President, Right Turn: A Creative Place for Recovery; Former Drummer, Del Fuegos



Music Therapy for Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Jasmine Edwards, M.A., MT-BC; Music Therapist, Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospitals


Susan Bakouros, MT-BC; Music Therapist, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Neonatology, PeaceHealth Hospital Washington State


12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch
Berklee Dining Hall
160 Massachusetts Avenue, Second Floor

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Trauma

Supporting Resilience through Trauma-Informed Care

Nomi Levy-Carrick, M.D., M.Phil.; Psychiatrist, Division of Medical Psychiatry; Brigham and Women's Hospital Cochair, Trauma-Informed Care Working Group; Brigham and Women's Hospital Instructor, Harvard Medical School 




Communty Healing Concerts: Uncovering Beauty at the Depth of Trauma and Pain

Rebecca Strauss, M.Ed.; Music Director, Riverview Chamber Players





Embodied Creative Arts Therapy Interventions with Trauma

Brian Harris, Ph.D., MT-BC, L.C.A.T.; Music Psychotherapist, Private Practice; Faculty, New York University


2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. The Perspective of a Musician and Arts Activist

Mark Ludwig, Executive Director, Terezín Music Foundation; Violist, Boston Symphony Orchestra

2:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Intersecting Music and Medicine

Joy Allen, MT-BC, Chair of Music Therapy

Joy Allen, Chair, Music Therapy Department, Berklee College of Music

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Music and Health Freestyle: Roundtable Discussions

This is an opportunity for participants to reflect on presentations shared, exchange ideas, and explore key issues, trends, and practices related to chronic pain, trauma, addiction, and the future of Berklee’s Music and Health Institute.

4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. Music and Health Freestyle: Report Out

4:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Closure and Inspiration

Lisa M. Wong, M.D.; Assistant Codirector, Arts and Humanities Initiative, Harvard Medical School