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January 2013

In This Issue: 

   News Item

Chantdoc Starts Back to School

Say whaaaaattt?  Why in the world would Dr. Alice Cash need to go back to college for yet another degree?  You really want to know?  Well, after getting a Bachelor's degree in piano performance and a Master's degree in piano performance, I got a Ph.D. in musicology.  In those days (1990) there was not a music therapy degree in my state of Kentucky, so I decided to get another Master's degree in clinical social work and combine it with my other music degrees to create my own special brand of Music Medicine.  People tell me that I've done an amazing job!  However, there are thousands of music therapists in the world that believe that I should have a degree in music therapy.  Last November (2012) I was told that the University of Kentucky now has an equivalency degree in music therapy and that it would not take a long, long time for me to acquire that degree.  In a little over 18 months, I should be ready to take the board certification exam and be a fully credentialed, board-certified music therapist!

I'm taking my first course this semester and it's about a 2 hour drive to Lexington, a 2 1/2 hour class and two hours back home.  I've done this four times now and I am really enjoying it and learning some very interesting material about using music with people who have serious disabilities, among other things.  I'm also meeting some really nice people and have a great professor with a PhD. in music therapy.

Of course I'm hoping that once I have a chance to talk about my Surgical Serenity Solution, that they will help me to get the word out to all music therapists around the world and that I will gain lots and lots of support from people who work in hospitals every day.  Would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and ideas.

   Healing Music Blog

Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration:  Can Music Help?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, so I thought I would relate a great story from a woman who came to me with glaucoma and some serious anxiety. This dear lady has a family history of both glaucoma and macular degeneration. She sought me out because she had already had three ophthalmic procedures to treat these conditions and they had been extremely uncomfortable for her. She reported to me that she had not only serious discomfort during the procedures, but had migraines the next day and had to miss quite a bit of work in her own busy office.

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    Surgical Serenity Headphone

 "New Home" for Surgical Serenity Headphones

Our new packaging has arrived.  The headphones will ship in a new heavy-duty cardboard box instead of the plastic clam shell.  The new packaging has a small magnetic lock that will keep the box closed when not in use.  It will allow you to manage inventory in less space. Shipping will improve as the plastic containers takes up more space and we shipped a lot of "air."

You will now have a quality box that we will be able to brand with your information.  Your customers and clients  will be impressed with the image.


A new Internet website is being developed. www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com is "live" and will be developed as the main Internet home for the headphones.  The website will have links for our individual clients and friends. It will also point our professionals, hospitals, and medical organizations to the latest research and information that is available. The new site will allow us to concentrate our efforts on a single product family while at the same time we are developing two distinct customers.

We are positioned to provide a large hospital with the expertise and personalize product quantities that they need.  At the same time we address the individual needs of a single customer.

    Surgery and Music Blog

Music with Surgery Just Makes Sense

Have you ever had surgery in a hospital? Are you expecting to have surgery in the future? Then you must know that surgeons and anesthesiologists have been using music in the Operating Room for over 50 years now! At yet, it is still not expected and it is not really the “norm.” Why not? Because it takes a little extra time and effort to make it happen and hospital staffs are so overworked and  many fall  into the trap of thinking that it’s “just a nicety that doesn’t really affect the quality of the procedure or doesn’t really affect the patient’s recovery.” Of course we know that nothing could be farther from the truth! The benefits of music before, during and after surgery are many, but here are the top ones:

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    Brain and Music Blog

Music Used to Assist Veterans with Post-War Stress

It’s hard to imagine anything that is more stressful than the day-to-day life of an active duty soldier. Those that survive the wars often return with all kinds of stress-related disorders, including, but not limited to PTSD. Now a program devoted to helping these Vets use music to cope with their traumatic experiences and memories is being conducted in Montclair, NJ. Enjoy this news story, that came my way earlier today!

“During stressful times as a combat medic in Afghanistan, Mason Sullivan found solace in Vivaldi. New Jersey native Nairobi Cruz was comforted by country music, a genre she had never heard before joining the Army. For Jose Mercedes, it was an eclectic iPod mix that helped him cope with losing an arm during a tour of duty in Iraq.

These three young veterans all say music played a crucial role in alleviating the stresses of active duty. Now, all three are enrolled in a program that hopes to use music to ease their reintegration into civilian life.

“It’s a therapy session without the ‘sit down, lay down, and write notes,’” Mercedes, 26, of Union City, said of the music program. “It’s different — it’s an alternative that’s way better.”

The pilot program, called Voices of Valor, has veterans work as a group to synthesize their experiences into musical lyrics. Guided by musicians and a psychology mentor, they write and record a song, and then hold a CD release party. The program is currently under way at Montclair State University, where students participate through the school’s veteran affairs program.


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    Alice H. Cash

For nearly two decades, I've been helping people use the music that they already love to heal their lives and increase their wellness quotient!  I am one of the world's only clinical musicologists and hold  a Masters degree in piano performance, a Ph.D. in musicology and a Master of Social Work in clinical social work.  I am also a licensed clinical social worker. I work with people and diagnoses of all kinds, enabling them to find healing, acceptance and hope.

I love performing, researching, and teaching and have put them all together in a career called "Music Medicine." 

See you next month!!

 Alice Cash        


Dr. Alice H Cash



"Using Music in the Hospital"

Dr. Alice H. Cash is often asked to share her
Grand Rounds Presentation with hospitals' doctors and staff.  Learn what is currently happening around the world and the results they are having.


"It was the easiest of all hand surgeries! I was listening to music, then a slight lull of nothing and then back to the music. Wonderfully comfortable. The best surgical experience yet. I am honored to know, worked with and utilized Dr. Cash's magnificent creation. I do hope the medical field understands the import of her invention!"

Sheryl S.
Louisville, KY




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