Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based practice of using music intervention to address individualized goals in a therapeutic relationship. It may help patients to alleviate physical, psychological, emotional, and social stresses caused by cancer. Music therapy provides an opportunity to help patients and their caregivers improve physical and emotional well-being and quality of life.
Music therapy can help cancer patients:
Ridley-Tree Cancer Center's Music Therapists have created this music guided progressive relaxation exercise to help patients and caregivers reduce stress and improve relaxation. In progressive muscle relaxation, you tense a group of muscles as you breathe in, and you relax them as you breathe out.
The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Elly Nadel Music Therapy Program provides music therapy services and support to cancer patients, family members and loved ones in a way that meets physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs in a one-on-one or group setting. The Elly Nadel Music Therapy program has been made possible through the generous support of philanthropist Julie Nadel and her late husband Jack in memory of Elly Nadel.
Programs are offered free-of-charge. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes are currently being offered online via Zoom. For more information or to register, see the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Calendar or call (805) 879-5654.
Our music therapist, Saiping Lin will offer a relaxation class, using the HAPI drum (a melodic and resonant percussion instrument), to help you relax and reduce stress with peaceful and soothing sounds.
Schedule: Tuesdays, 10:30am - 11:30am
Let's sing together! Join our music therapist for a fun singing class to help make connections and keep active while staying at home.
Schedule: Tuesdays, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bring the benefits of music therapy into your home! The Cancer Resource Library has a variety of musical instruments available for checkout. The collection includes singing bowls, egg shakers, an ocean drum, ukulele, percussion kit and more! Instruments can be borrowed for four weeks at a time.
For more information, call (805) 879-5648
An introduction to the Elly Nadel Music Therapy Program at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center which provides music therapy services and support to cancer patients, family members and loved ones.