This past weekend, the National Institutes of Health and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts joined forces to present a first-of-its-kind exploration of the relationship between music and positive overall health. Recovery Unplugged had the privilege of attending Sound Health, an ongoing collaboration between the Kennedy Center and the National Institutes of Health, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, that seeks to explore the intersection between music, the brain and wellness. Spearheaded by Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming, Sound Health brings together leading researchers, music therapists and arts practitioners to better understand the impact of arts on the mind and body.
This weekend’s Sound Health event was part concert and part workshop series, featuring a spirited and engaging performance by the National Symphony Orchestra followed by a series of talks by some of the leading minds in mental health and creative occupational therapy. The workshop series spanned many different areas of music-based mental health, including titles like The Future of Music and the Mind by presented by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy MD, MBA, and National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, MD, Ph.D.; Music and Childhood Development by leading neuroscientist Dr. Nina Krauss: and Jazz, Creativity and the Brain by Dr. Charles Limb, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer.
Recovery Unplugged was honored to bear witness to this groundbreaking partnership’s inaugural event; and we look forward to many more Sound Health presentations in the future. As pioneers in the field of music-based addiction treatment and an organization that has long heralded music’s innate ability to heal the mind, body and spirit, we are delightful and gratified to see institutional resources and attention going toward the further examination of musical medicine. We very much look forward to furthering the conversation and helping more and more patients heal from substance abuse using music. To learn more about Sound Health and their upcoming events, visit their blog.