The Royal Melbourne Hospital Music Therapy program, founded by Manager Emma O'Brien in June 1997, is a vibrant growing service.
The philosophy of the service is to meet patients' needs, physically and emotionally, by offering quality of life experiences through music and the therapeutic relationship and partnership between patient and therapist. The music therapy service at RMH works in a person and family centred model of care. Patients do not have to be musical to benefit from Music Therapy. Our service is world renowned for its innovative songwriting program pioneered by Manager/Senior Clinician Emma O'Brien.
Singer Pete Murray this month will release songs written by two cancer patients from The Royal Melbourne Hospital, with his third single 'Let You Go'on his Benefit EP on iTunes, as part of a promise he made to them seven years ago.
In 2005 Pete met Kate Dawes, aged 20 and Caroline Clifford, 19. They had both written songs with Emma O'Brien as part of the Music Therapy program.
Pete heard the songs and was very touched by the girls' words, the music and their stories. Pete was a great source of support and hope for both of the girls. He promised that one day he would record their songs. Sadly Kate and Caroline died within six months of each other in 2005.
Staying true to his promise, Pete worked with Emma to record the songs for the families in 2007, shown on the Channel 9 YouTube video above.
Now in 2012, the songs 'Red', written by Caroline, and 'Kate's song' are being released with Pete's third single'"Let You Go" on his Benefit EP on iTunes. The release date is Friday 9 March 2012. Watch the Today Show clip above from March 2012.
Some profits from the release will go to Music Therapy at the hospital, so that more patients can have access to the songwriting program and find their song. "Pete's heartfelt recordings of these two beautiful songs will finally be available to the public in Kate and Caroline's memory," Emma O'Brien said. "Thanks to Sony Music Entertainment Australia, Pete's managment John Watson and Dave MacGregor, and special thanks to Pete Murray."
Now both songs RED and KATE'S SONG have beautiful music clips. We have a limited commeration DVD pack of both clips, background and a beautiful booklet available. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for details (each set is provided following a $25 donation to the music therapy program) You can also watch them here!
Special thanks to all involved
A message from Pete Murray about the songs and the clips
"I am very impressed with all the beautiful work and support over the years for the songs, and in particular the wonderful support everyone has shown in making both music video clips. This is also a great opportunity to spread the word about music therapy and how songwriting can really change people's journeys. I know the girls are smiling at us now"
The Senior Clinician / Managerís current PhD at the University of Melbourne, research project is examining the song writing method she developed here at RMH with cancer patients. This is a unique published method called Guided Original Lyrics and Music (GOLM - O'Brien, 2004, 2005). This major research project is measuring the (GOLM method) song writing's effect on cancer patients quality of life and mood states. This is a multisite randomised controlled trial with RMH and Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. It is due for completition in early 2012. This major research project is a first for music therapy and supportive care world wide.
Music in Health in the RMH Community
We provide two weekly live music sessions with visiting artists in the hospital foyers for all staff and patients. This service is supported by our patron Mrs Barbara Haynes, the Birthday League and the Volunteers' Stall.
As part of Music Therapy's committment to staff wellbeing, we facilitate weekly staff choir sessions on Tuesdays 1 - 1.45pm in the Historical Room, Ground Floor. All staff and RMH volunteers are welcome. We perform regularly around the hospital and with guest choirs and musicians.
Music Therapy values external community partnerships in order to provide best care. We have been involved in major CD projects, Life Sounding the Soul and Living Soul (both CDs available by email order - contact us for details) Opera Therapy, Opera Project and linkages with external providers such as BreaCan.
For more information about the Music Theropy program, please contact: