Music Therapy

Promoting Emotional, Mental & Physical Health

Music is a natural mood enhancer and has been used throughout history by healers and shamans in many cultures, including the ancient Greeks, modern Tibetans, and Native Americans. Music can promote emotional and physical healing and enhance quality of life. Not surprisingly, music therapy has been shown to reduce pain, anxiety, and depression, improve mood, induce sleep, counteract fear, and alleviate the physiological discomforts of illness.

Our talented and specially trained healing harpists play in the infusion room of Marin Cancer Institute at 1350 South Eliseo Drive, in common areas of our hospital, as well as in individual patient rooms, where the music can be tailored to the patient’s personal preferences. To arrange for a music therapy visit, patients should talk to their nurse, or call for more information.

Meet Our Practitioner

Portrait of Barbara Rose BillingsBarbara Rose Billings, PhD Wellness and joy for the integration of body, mind, and spirit is Barbara Rose’s message. She is dedicated to assisting her clients in unleashing their innate healing power. Her intention is to guide people to experience a profound sense of peace, harmony, and well-being. She has always been drawn to the healing power of music, and of the harp in particular. In 2000 she began studying the pedal harp with the intention of playing it in a hospital setting.

Barbara Rose is now a hospital-certified harp therapist and a certified master harp therapist through Bedside Harp in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Since the start of her second internship at MarinHealth Medical Center in 2005, she has been playing her portable “Healing Harp” for patients, for visitors, and for the staff of our hospital.