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LSU Music students help BR General patients heal through music

4 years 3 months 2 weeks ago March 08, 2013 Mar 8, 2013 Friday, March 08 2013 March 08, 2013 5:09 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Olivia LaBorde

BATON ROUGE- Students with LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts and Music therapist Mary Malloy say sharing their music gift is a unique medicine.

"We visited one little boy who was down. When we handed him a drum, his attitude changed almost immediately. He was smiling and he wanted us to play another song,"
says Jessic Ottaviano.

They call themselves Artists in Residence; the newest addition to the Baton Rouge General's Arts in Medicine Project.

Dr. William Russell has seen the power of music first hand.

"There are numerous patients here in our cancer center that are able to stop and hear the music and they're uplifted. And yes indeed it makes them happier about their day. And that all accumulated to make a better outcome," says Dr. Russell.

Janice Pellar, is the namesake of the LSU fellowship that brought into the program.

"I think music and the arts in general touches a place within us that no other medium touches. It can evoke memories of your childhood or pleasant memories and transport you to another place that has healing properties," she says.

In addition to the beside performances, live concerts will take place at noon at both the Bluebonnet and Mid City locations as part of the program.


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