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New Center for Music and Medicine Research to Open in N.Y.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. will commemorate the opening of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine in the Beth Israel Medical Center’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center in New York, N.Y. During the ceremony, two trumpet players, Jon Faddis and Clark Terry, will perform Louis Armstrong’s pieces “West End Blues” and “What A Wonderful World”. An extension of Beth Israel’s Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program, the new Center aims to “provide state-of-the-art music therapy care to complement medical treatment for children, teens and adults with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).”

The Center is the result of a large gift from the David B. Kriser Foundation with additional support from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation (LAEF), which has been contributing to the music therapy program for more than a decade. The foundation has been a long-standing supporter of research and clinical music therapy services for infants, children and families hospitalized at the Beth Israel Medical Center. To recognize LAEF’s giving and to honor Mr. Armstrong’s contributions to jazz as well as his personal commitment to the well being of others, the third floor of the new center will be dedicated in his honor.

Music therapy practices have improved vastly in the last century and with each new facility, therapy for patients continues to expand. Within the new Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, physicians, therapists and interns have been investigating the effects of playing wind instruments in children and teens with asthma, and therapists will research the use of winds, toning, synchronized singing and music visualization on adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Additionally, plans are being made for the creation of a Musicians’ Wellness Center at the Phillips Center where the diseases and ailments common to musicians and artists will be addressed through music therapy in collaboration with medical teams.

For more information about the Centers, visit www.wehealnewyork.org and for information about musical therapy, visit www.musictherapy.org.

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