Music educators’ and students’ views on participating in a music and medicine program


  • Roma Subramanian, Ph.D. University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Mary Perkinson, D.M.A. University of Nebraska Omaha



student, musician, healthcare, artist, citizenship


Using semi-structured interviews and participant observation, this study investigated the experiences of student musicians and faculty participating in a Music and Medicine program in the United States. The program is a partnership between a midwestern university school of music and a local cancer center. Results revealed that in contrast to traditional concert settings where musicians are centered, in the non-traditional environment of a healthcare setting, the listeners were centered; this instilled in performers a sense of humility and made them attune to the humanity of the transient audience around them. The program cultivated professionalism and joy by providing students real-world performance opportunities in a low-stress environment. Finally, it fostered artist citizenship by encouraging performers to reflect on how their art can serve the larger community.

Author Biographies

Roma Subramanian, Ph.D., University of Nebraska Omaha

Roma Subramanian, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Mary Perkinson, D.M.A., University of Nebraska Omaha

Mary Perkinson, D.M.A., is a Distinguished Associate Professor of Violin & String Education at the University of Nebraska Omaha.





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