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Published on March 23, 2018

New Music Care Program Helps Promote Good Health and Healing, Features Local Performers

Patients, visitors and staff of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland will benefit from the calming effects of music with the new Music Care Program kicking off on Wednesday, March 28. The quarterly program was developed by Dow High School students Neil Janwani and Ayla Khan.

“As student musicians, we know and understand the power of music,” said Janwani. “We began to think, how can we share our talents with others? How can we help to bring the community together and share our music to help promote healing? The program idea came to us and partnering with MidMichigan was an ideal fit.”

Khan continued, “It was no surprise that in our research we discovered that listening to music can offer many benefits, such as to help heighten positive emotions, reduce stress and even anxiety. It is also proven to increase relaxation, improves mood, reduces blood pressure and even decreases pain.

With support of local music teachers, the Midland-based program offers volunteer musicians, including middle and high school performers, college and community musicians, the opportunity play in the Medical Center’s Hospital Entrance lobby.

The first performance will take place in the Hospital Entrance lobby from 5:30 to 6 p.m., on Wednesday, March 28. Performers include Janwani, as well as Dr. Jamie Fiste, cellist and CMU professor. Additional performances are scheduled for Wednesdays June 27, Sept. 26, and Dec. 12.

Performance slots are available for the remaining 2018 dates. Those interested in performing, may learn more and register at www.midmichigan.org/music.