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Read about our internationally recognized music therapy department in the news:

New York 1 News: March 25, 2007
Program Uses Music To Help Children Suffering From Asthma by Kafi
Asthma is the most common of chronic diseases for children, and continues to be a leading cause of school absences and hospitalizations here in New York and across the country. But as NY1 Health & Fitness reporter Kafi Drexel explains, turning them on to a love of music may soon have them making more frequent trips to the concert hall instead of the emergency room. http://www.ny1news.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?&aid=68015&search_result=1&stid=19

Indy Kids, Issue #8 March/April 2007
Music soothes asthma sufferers by Abby Gross
Indy Kids, a free paper for kids, writes up The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine’s Asthma Initiative Program (AIP).

Bookofjoe, February 4, 2007
BehindTheMedspeak: It hurts to play beautifully — Why classical musicians are rarely at 100%
The site has a reprint of Stuart Isacoff's January 31, 2007 Wall Street Journal article that discusses pain and disability are routine accompaniments to playing an instrument and includes interviews with The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine’s Music & Health Clinic directors Dr. Joanne Loewy and Dr. Stephan Quentzel.

Therapytimes.com: Music Therapy Blog
Therapytimes.com is an award winning milieu-based web site. Click here to visit Joanne Loewy's bi-monthly blog for music therapists.

7Online: Eyewitness News
Music therapy for young asthma sufferers by Dr. Jay Adlersberg
Dr. Jay Adlersberg covers our Asthma Initiative Program, providing outreach music therapy in New York City public schools. To read the transcript and watch the video, click here.

The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday January 31, 2007
Classical Musicians Suffer for Their Art by Stuart Isacoff
Director Joanne Loewy and Dr. Stephan Quentzel are interviewed about the holistic approach of the Music and Health Clinic for Musicians and Performing Artists to treat pain, disability and performance-related ailments. Click here to read the interview.

Jazz & Health Working together by Jon Kalish
Jon Kalish of WGBO attended the opening of the Music & Health Clinic on September 19, 2006 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel . Hear his interview at http://www.wbgo.org/news/journal/archive.asp?date=9/22/2006

Sing for Health
Thanks to Louis Armstrong for Music Therapy

Sing for Health, an organization devoted to the health benefits of singing, publicizes the Music for AIR program at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel that incorporates singing, wind playing and music relaxation techniques for people with COPD, chronic asthma and other pulmonary ailments.

Efforts: Emphysema Foundation For Our Right To Survive, September 2006
New Music & Health Clinic at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, NYC, page 6

The Emphysema newsletter includes a write-up of the music therapy programs at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, including the program for Musicians and performing artists, Music for AIR and CAIR for people with heart and/or lung disease and the Asthma Initiative Program (AIP) for children with asthma.

Jazz Improv Magazine’s New York Jazz Guide & Directory, September 2006 p. 48
The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Unveils The Music & Health Clinic

Jazz Improv Magazine profiles the new programs at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, including programs for musicians and performing artists, programs for adults with heart and/or lung disease and programs for children with asthma.

Yamaha Corporation of America
Yamaha Donates Recorders to Beth Israel's Music & Health Clinic Instruments to Provide Therapeutic Benefits to Patients with Pulmonary and Heart Diseases
Yamaha Corporation of America and West Music recently donated 200 recorders to New York City 's Mount Sinai Beth Israel 's Music & Health Clinic, part of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine. "With scientific support for music therapy as a viable form of treatment, providing our recorders in an effort to advance therapy for those with chronic pulmonary disorders is part of Yamaha's overall wellness mission," states Roger Eaton, Director of Marketing, Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division. Click here to see the full article on the web.

WNYC New York Public Radio
Music Is Medicine for Kids with Asthma, by Pamela Renner

WNYC reporter Pamela Renner visited with music therapist Mechelle Chestnut of The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine's Asthma Initiative Program. Read the article and listen to the radio broadcast at http://www.wnyc.org/news/articles/57949.

US News & World Report
The Fine Art of Healing the Sick
US News & World Report article on music therapy in hospitals across the country features The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Read the full article at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/060605/5art.htm.

Modern Healthcare, January 9, 2006
Soothing body and soul: N.Y. hospital's music therapy gives patients something to sing about, by Charles S. Lauer VP-Publishing, Editorial Director
Lauer writes about the legacy of Louis Armstrong in his support of the music therapy program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Click here to read article .

CBS Sunday Morning
Musical Healing with Dan Rather
CBS Sunday morning aired a segment on music therapy in hospitals, featuring Glenn Schifano, trained at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, at Schneider Children's Hospital in Long Island and including clips of music therapy at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Read the summary article at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/16/sunday/main1501200.shtml

Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2005
The Healing Power of Jazz, by Nat Hentoff
Nat Hentoff sounds the trumpet on Mount Sinai Beth Israel 's Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program.

POZ: Health, Life & HIV, July 2006
In the Key of Life - score one for HIV music therapy, by Michael Smith
Reporter Michael Smith visited with music therapists Kristen Stewart and Marcela Lichtensztejn of The Louis & Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel to experience music therapy first-hand. He writes about his own experience as well as observing a music therapy session with a patient. http://www.poz.com/articles/751_5127.shtml

WebMD Medical News at Fox News.com
More Hospitals Healing with the Help of Music Therapy
Dr. Joanne Loewy, Director of The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, is interviewed by WebMD of Fox News on the use of music therapy in hospitals. http://foxnews.webmd.com/content/article/29/1728_63245.htm?src=rss_foxnews

International Council for Caring Communities
UN Policymakers and Leading Medical Practitioners Explore Alternative Medical Treatments to Promote Global Health and Productivity
The United Nations hosted a symposium on the interrelationship of Music, Technology, Culture and Healthcare including Beth Israel's music therapy director Dr. Joanne Loewy, MT-BC, in the roster of international music therapy specialists discussing ways to harness scientifically documented, cost-effective and accessible methods such as music therapy to contribute to global wellness. Read more on http://www.international-iccc.org/Rusk%20press%20release.htm

Fibromyalgia Aware, Oct 2003 Jan 2004 Vol. 5
The Mind Body Connection, by Elisabeth Deffner
Deffner writes about alternate paths to symptom management, including music therapy as discussed with Dr. Joanne Loewy of Mount Sinai Beth Israel.  

GEO, November 2003
Macht musik den menschen besser?
This German magazine includes a special feature on music therapy featuring Mount Sinai Beth Israel 's program director Dr. Joanne Loewy.

Cushing’s Help and Support, November 07, 2000
More Hospitals Healing With the Help of Music Therapy: Musicians Serenading More and More Types of Patients By Jeanie Davis, WebMD Medical News, Reviewed by Dr. Aman Shah

This article discusses music therapy with medical patients. Director Dr. Joanne Loewy of Mount Sinai Beth Israel discusses music for various treatment goals, including alleviating pain, addressing asthma, meeting end of life needs and treating patients in the NICU.

Grammy Magazine, Spring-Summer 2000, pp. 44-46.
Musician, Heal Thyself, by Laurel Fishman
Grammy Magazine writes about how the power of music continues to gain acceptance in alternative physical and psychological therapies. Mount Sinai Beth Israel 's music therapy director Dr. Joanne Loewy is one of several prominent leaders in the field of music and medicine interviewed on how music therapy enhances medical care.

American Academy of Pediatrics News, December 1999
Music therapy significant helper in healing, soothing children, by Joanne Loewy, D.A., MT-BC.
Dr. Loewy writes about research and practice of music therapy in pediatrics in the official newsmagazine of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Research and music therapy interventions addressing sedation, immune system function, pain and support of NICU infants are reviewed.

Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, Vol 18 No.1 July 1999, 75 - 77
Music Therapy for Children's Pain, by Rose Ann Indelicato, RN, CS, ANP, OCN
In this book review of Music Therapy and Pediatric Pain, edited by Joanne V. Loewy, Indelicato concludes the book is a helpful reference for health care professionals interested in music therapy, including conceptual approaches to using music, the role of a music therapist in a multidisciplinary team, the positive influence of music as a complementary technique to pharmacological treatments and examples of music and pain management.

Music Therapy and Medicine: A Satellite Broadcast Video
The work of music therapist Jeanette Rodrigue and Dr Stephen Heaton, MD, from Beth Israel's HIV program and Dr. Joanne Loewy's research studies were featured in this two-hour program originally aired nationally on April 27th, 1999 to educate doctors, nurses and other health care professionals of the benefits of music therapy in a medical/hospital setting.

Our Town, April 29, 1998
Music Therapy Has Important Uses in Pediatric Medicine, by Loren Schwartz
This article discusses music therapy with pediatric patients. Mount Sinai Beth Israel's music therapy director Dr. Joanne Loewy is interviewed on the music therapy and discusses current research studies that are building scientific proof of music therapy's benefits.

Newsday, Tuesday Oct 14, 1997
Melodic Medication: Music seems to work magic with pain, poor memory by Sharon McDonnell
McDonnell writes about music therapy at local New York programs including Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Beth Abraham Health Services. Dr. Joanne Loewy is interviewed about the gate control theory of pain, clinical music therapy techniques for pain, sedation, treatment of asthma and coping with hospitalization.

Daily News, Sunday January 8, 1995
Instrumental Medicine: Through music therapy, patients march to the beat of a different drummer, by Karen Avenso.
Daily News writer Karen Avenso writes about music therapy in two New York hospitals, Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Beth Abraham Health Services. Avenso writes of music therapy gaining credibility in the scientific community and the 1991 Senate hearing on music therapy which have been followed by grants to music therapists.

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