Why Music Matters: Music therapist, Barbara Dunn - Music Saved Her Life


Barbara Dunn admits she’s a “cheerleader for the power of music.” It’s impossible not to be. Every day she sees how music can elevate and heal patients suffering from severe pain and grim diagnoses, during her work as the head of music therapy at Whidbey General Hospital and in Seattle.

Barbara Dunn shares a story about music and a miraculous recovery.


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You can find out more about Barbara Dunn, the music therapy program at Whidbey General Hospital and music therapy in general.

Music used in this piece: “One Day I Walk” and “How Can I Keep from Singing” by Barbara Dunn.

More stories in the Why Music Matters story series.

Produced by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, 2010 AIR Live Interactive Resident. Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Mastered by Matt Ogaz. Live Interactive is a collaboration of KEXP and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio with financial support from AIR members worldwide, Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts which believe a great nation deserves great art.

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One Comment

  1. Marie Dunn Sanger
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Barbara was always in demand as a babysitter when she was in High School. Always an achiever, she worked like a beaver at Michigan State University. Her summers were filled with adventure , going thru Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park with her guitar to spending a summer as a singing waitress at Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier Nat’l Park. From bicycling up the coast of California with three other girls one summer to attending the University of London & traveling around Ireland & Continental Europe, again with her guitar, in another summer. After receiving her Masters in Social Work, she won a year’s study of music in New Zealand from the Rotary Club.

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