Create calm

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

Music is a powerful medical tool. Whether you’re a student, a resident, a health professional or an attending physician, listening to music is a positive way to ease your stress or help patients and their family members cope with a difficult situation.

Music-in-Medicine program

We’ve established the Music-in-Medicine program to give our students a deeper understanding of these benefits. The program’s three components are:

The Tupper Band

Dr. Bernard Badley, former vice dean of Dalhousie’s Medical School, launched the Tupper Band in 1979 and is still the conductor today. With almost 50 members, the band features brass, woodwind and various percussion instruments. 

Every year, we honour Dr. Badley’s contributions by awarding the Music-in-Medicine Scholarship to an exceptional member of the Tupper Band.

The Dalhousie Health Professions Chorale

Dr. Ron Stewart, former director of Medical Humanities-HEALS, started the chorale in 2000. Since its inception, Dr. Stewart’s enthusiasm has has attracted more than 100 talented and enthusiastic people. Artistic director and conductor Bryan Crocker has also been a great asset to the chorale.

The Dalhousie Health Professions Ensembles

Our ensembles, the TestosterTones and the Vocal Chords were also launched by Dr. Stewart. Over the years, they’ve thrived under the expert direction of Bryan Crocker.

Making music happen

Our program wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of our committed staff, faculty and volunteers. Special thanks to:

  • Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick’s (DMNB) Dr. Wendy Stewart, a pediatric neurologist who started the DMNB music initiative, which includes ceilidh band Ceòl and Heartbeat, led by chorale director Janet Kidd
  • our Music-in-Medicine program chairs, Dr. David Elliot and Dr. Christian Poulin 
  • our Music-in-Medicine committee, which consists of community members and representatives from each of the components in Music-in-Medicine
  • our administrative secretary, Ana Bela Sardinha, who lends her voice to the Dalhousie Health Professions Chorale and Ensembles

Hoping to attend an event? Look for upcoming concerts and other Music-in-Medicine initiatives.

Watch the TestosterTones in full song

Prayer for the Children from Dalhousie University on Vimeo.

Bye, Bye Blackbird from Dalhousie University on Vimeo.