The Music and Medicine Initiative encourages medical students, physicians and musicians to explore the connections between music and medicine, through collaborations with The Juilliard School and the 92nd Street Y. With the support of Drs. David Shapiro and Richard Kogan, and a generous gift from the Block Family Foundation, the program sponsors a number of programs including:
- established groups including the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra, the Weill Cornell Aneurhythms a cappella group, as well as chamber and jazz ensembles.
- seminars exploring topics including synesthesia, perfect pitch and music therapy.
- funding programs for new musical equipment.
- opportunities for students to play at graduation and Weill Cornell Medicine events.
- yearly benefit concerts for organizations including GHESKIO in Haiti, Kokoro no Care in Japan, and the Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC).
- a mini-concert series for inpatients at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, in collaboration with the palliative care service.
- music lessons from Juilliard students for Weill Cornell Medicine students.
- arts medicine performance seminars for Juilliard students.
- partnerships with New York community organizations including Music that Heals and Music for Autism.
Future goals of the growing Music and Medicine Initiative program include establishment of a semester-long elective for medical students, and exploring music and medicine in global health.
For further information and involvement details, please visit the Music and Medicine Initiative.