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Developing Medical Music Therapy: Introducing Andrew Rossetti

Updated: Nov 5, 2018

Welcome to the Encounters in Arts, Health and Wellbeing blog! This week we proudly present Andrew Rossetti, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC, clinical music psychotherapist, active researcher, and coordinator of the multi-site music therapy program in radiology oncology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital.

Andrew is a visiting professor at the University of Barcelona and currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Jyväskylä. He has developed several music therapy programs in hospitals both in the United States and in Spain, and he serves as a consultant for the music therapy program in the Palliative Care Unit of the Hospital del Mar, Parc de Salut, in Barcelona.

Andrew Rossetti at work

I had the honour to study medical music therapy on multiple levels with Andrew and other clinicians and researchers at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, a teaching hospital on Manhattan, New York. Andrew has a strong interest in further developing Environmental Music Therapy in fragile environments and using music psychotherapy to address trauma and the many challenges faced by people undergoing treatment for cancer.

Fragile hospital environments have recently attracted great interest in the Nordic countries, including Finland, and researchers and practitioners are reaching towards extended practices beyond the traditional working environments of music therapists in the Nordic countries.

In the following video, Andrew will tell us more about his work and thoughts:

Attached you can also find a recent (2017) study by Andrew and co-authors published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics. Click here for pdf.

While you are at it, make sure to check out another co-authored publication by Rossetti, NICU Compendium: Rhythm, Breath & Lullaby, a comprehensive guide to music psychotherapy in neonatal intensive care units; and the website of the International Association for Music & Medicine, where he is a member of the board of directors.

In 2015, the Thanks to Scandinavia Scholarship Program gave me the opportunity to visit the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, an unforgettable experience. I was greatly inspired by the ability of clinically active music therapists to use music for medical purposes, by the inter-professional character of the research group on music therapy, and by the strong link between clinical practice and medical scholarship. For two weeks, our hosts introduced music therapists, students and researchers from abroad to the practices at the clinic and helped us to approach the work from a philosophical and culturally sensitive perspective.

Like many other Nordic music therapist and researcher visiting New York, I have asked myself many questions about the future of music therapy back home: How could we introduce something similar in Finland and other Nordic countries? And when doing so, how could we adapt it to our Nordic welfare state and its thinking in a culturally sensitive way? It seems the time is ripe for more music therapy and use of music in Nordic healthcare settings. Thank you, Andrew Rossetti and all other pioneering music therapists out there; we will follow in your footsteps with Nordic encounters and interventions in arts, health and wellbeing!

More on this topic:

New online journal Journal of Music, Health and Well-being Call for articles

Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy

5th International Conference of the International Association for Music and Medicine IAMM 2018, Barcelona

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