Global tele-music therapy program reduces pain, discomfort and stress with enduring effects during COVID – 19: A pilot study

One Year Pilot Study


  • Christine Stevens
  • Shannyn Fowl, ND, BS Doctor of Naturalpathic Medicine, ND



COVID, drumming, native flute, telemusic therapy, 30 minute protocol


Abstract: Of particular need was access to easily applied modalities to improve recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The current state of knowledge regarding music therapy has allowed improvements among victims of stroke, dementia, spinal cord injuries, and so forth.  The goal of this pilot study was to provide individuals with symptom reduction such as perceived pain, discomfort and anxiety, improved emotional processing, improved relaxation and well-being for participants with current, recent case or long haul COVID-19; those who had lost a loved one to COVID; those experiencing workplace burnt out, or symptoms related to getting the vaccine.  Sixty-one individuals participated in a follow-up survey out of one hundred seventy one participants from twelve countries who were treated using one to one zoom sessions following a 30 minute protocol of live music using instruments chosen for soothing or activating energy.  Recipients responded to assessment questions showing decrease in pain, anxiety and stress, sustained effect, most effective instruments, spontaneous imagery and open-ended narrative responsesThe totality of all instruments were considered most helpful with the drum and Native American style flute considered the most beneficial.  Many participants reported spontaneous healing imagery without any guidance demonstrating the power of sound and music to evoke individualized visualization.

Author Biography

Shannyn Fowl, ND, BS, Doctor of Naturalpathic Medicine, ND

Dr. Shannon is a graduate of WEstern Michigan University with a BS in Biomedical Sciences and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine with an honors in research.  An avid drumming, she is also the founder of Journey of Health in San Diego, CA.  






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