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Sound and Art: Using The Ears And Eyes To Heal

2.0 Contact Hours / 0.20 AOTA CEUs
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to discuss the role of art and music in health, including the effects of art and art therapy on health, and how music and art can be incorporated effectively into healing environments.
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Music and art have tremendous healing powers. Creative expression offers patients and staff the ability to heal on multiple levels. Understanding of the intricate relationship between stress and the health of our body, mind, and spirit continues to grow, and we have discovered that healing therapies which incorporate art and music can actually change a person’s physiology. They connect individuals and communities as well.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the relationship between health and creativity with art and music.
  • Identify the basic components of sound.
  • Describe the role of music throughout history.
  • Explain the effects of music on physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
  • Explain music therapy and its modalities.
  • Describe sound healing and its modalities.
  • Define noise and the noise levels of various common sounds.
  • Identify the health effects of noise.
  • Describe ways to reduce noise in healing environments.
  • Explain the role of art in healing.
  • Explain art therapy and its role in healing.
  • Identify the health effects of art and art therapy.
  • Describe methods of incorporating art into healing environments.

Creativity heals by affecting not only the physical body but also by stimulating, calming, and transporting the mind “to a sublime realm” (Lane, 2005, p. 122). The process of making and viewing art or listening to music has the capacity to transport both the patient and the healthcare provider to another place, “one in which awareness is heightened and the participants may experience joy and an undeniable connection to the spirit. It is in this province that holistic healing can occur, both physically and mentally” (Lane, 2005, p. 122).

The intricate relationship between emotions, stress, and beliefs and the health of our body, mind, and spirit is proving important in increasing the efficacy and cost efficiency of health care. Chronic diseases, for example, are a national burden affecting millions of Americans, with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and mental disorders, costing the American healthcare system billions of dollars each year. Creating and supporting positive emotions and beliefs and lowering stress through art and music can reduce the burden of chronic diseases like these on an already overburdened healthcare system, reduce the suffering from chronic disease, and improve the health and well-being of those who struggle with many chronic diseases. Creativity and its connection to spirituality can heal by changing a person’s physiology and attitude from one of stress to one of relaxation. Creativity is defined as “the ability to make new things or think of new ideas” (Garner, 2017, p. 11). It is a means by which new ideas, innovative solutions, or advanced problem solving occurs.

Art and music connect individuals and communities. Both have long been recognized for their power to bridge differences and connect people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experience through shared experiences; thus, healing communities as well as individuals can be connected through creative expression, too (Foundation for Art & Healing, 2018).

Several social and environmental factors are converging and bringing expanded and vigorous attention to the relationship between art and music and health. An increasingly “small planet” and the ever-increasing globalization of communication, people, services, and experiences brings a need to embrace cultural diversity, especially as personal and societal philosophies interface. It is important to find ways to create and share meaning and meaningfulness—the fundamental driving forces in artistic creation and engagement. Finally, the use of art and music in healing underscores a definition of health that supports whole-person approaches to creating and sustaining health (Stuckey & Nobel, 2010).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

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Content Focus:

Foundational Knowledge

Course Expires:

September 01, 2024

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.