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