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
9:00 a.m.: Welcome
Darla S. Hanley, Ph.D., Dean, Professional Education Division, Berklee College of Music
Joy Allen, Ph.D., MT-BC, Chair, Music Therapy Department, Berklee College of Music
9:15 a.m.: Remarks
Roger H. Brown, President, Berklee
9:30 a.m.–9:50 a.m.
Setting the Stage: Neurological Effects of Music on the Brain
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, LMFT
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., FAAP, FACS
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
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, LADC-I, CADC, CIP, AIS
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 at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 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
Community Healing Concerts: Uncovering Beauty at the Depth of Trauma and Pain
Rebecca Strauss, M.Ed.
Music Director, Riverview Chamber Players; Trauma-Related Community Performances
Embodied Creative Arts Therapy Interventions with Trauma
Brian Harris, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT
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, Ph.D., MT-BC
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