Music Network Healthcare Project Documented in Radio Programme
17 October 2012
RTÉ Radio 1's Documentary on One this week 'If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On', is the story of three professional Irish musicians who recently undertook a Music Network training programme to become Music in Healthcare trainers.
Follow musicians Liam, Finn and Grainne as they engage with patients, negotiate the sensitive hospital environment, conquer obstacles and train to bring fellow musicians on to a ward for the first time. For these musicians, this is an intense and emotional journey, and for one, a tragic accident shows just how fragile life can be.
As part of a range of supports to professional musicians, Music Network provides training in a variety of contexts, including healthcare. In August 2010, Music Network in partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) (UK) and Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland) under the coordination of Musique & Santé (France) were awarded support from the Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission to deliver a programme training musicians who can then in turn provide training to others to work in healthcare contexts. ‘If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On', is the story of the three professional Irish musicians who took part.
The documentary is narrated and produced by Linda Geraghty, production supervision is by Sarah Blake. ‘If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On' will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 20th @ 6.05pm as part of RTÉ Big Music Week, (repeated Sunday 21st October @ 7pm) and will be available to download or listen online at www.rte.ie/doconone.
Music Network (Ireland)
Music Network was established by the Arts Council of Ireland in 1986 to provide access to high-quality live classical, jazz and traditional Irish music to people all over Ireland regardless of their geographic location or social circumstance, while supporting the career development of professional musicians. Music Network’s focus on professional development for musicians in Ireland aims to provide resources and training opportunities that develop the musical and non-musical facets of a professional career in music. Since 2000, Music Network has provided professional development opportunities for musicians in Ireland through a series of training programmes and courses that focus on enabling musicians to work effectively in a range of community settings, with particular emphasis on working in healthcare contexts. www.musicnetwork.ie
The European Music in Healthcare Settings: Training Trainers Programme
The European Music in Healthcare Settings: Training Trainers Programme was led by Musique & Santé, France and delivered in partnership with Music Network, Ireland; the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK and the Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland, with support from the Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.
Musique & Santé (Paris, France)
Musique & Santé was founded in 1998. It is a French non-profit organization advocating and working for the development of live music in hospitals and institutions for people with disabilities. Through actions, training sessions, research, and mediation, Musique & Santé engages with everyone – whatever their age and culture.www.musique-sante.org
Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK)
The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is the only conservatoire within the UK to have been awarded status as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Their Professional Development Department is already working with Musique & Santé to develop a Music for Health Learning Programme within the UK. www.rncm.ac.uk
University of Applied Sciences of Turku (Finland)
TUAS is a multidisciplinary institution of higher education that offers competitive qualifications for international careers in the Arts, Healthcare, Life Sciences and Business, Technology, Environment and Business, Telecommunication and e-Business and Well-being Services. The Arts Academy has 600 students in the Bachelor’s degree programmes and has ca. 80 full-time teachers. There are four degree programmes: Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts and Media Arts. The faculty of Health Care has 1900 students in the Bachelor’s degree programmes and in a Master’s Degree programme under the supervision of 130 experts educating Emergency Care Nurses, Midwives, Nurses, Public Health Nurses, Dental Hygienists and Medical Laboratory Technologists. www.tuas.fi