Children’s of Alabama strives to provide the finest quality of pediatric care available for every patient we serve. Through the knowledge of medical staff, the work of our administration, as well as the help from volunteers; we all have a moral responsibility to take care of each and every child that walks through our doors. At Children’s, we not only see this care as helping to heal “physical” pain; but moreover, we have a responsibility to care for patient’s emotional well-being.
Listening to music may be one way in which a patient heals emotionally – and in turn, physically as well. The sound of a beautifully crafted musical piece on instruments such as the piano, violin, or acoustic guitar can have the ability to take a person’s mind to a faraway place, providing a distraction from the medical challenges at the moment.
Soundscapes for Children’s (Soundscapes) is a year-round music program designed to help create a quiet, soothing, and calm atmosphere. With this program, talented local musicians – individuals or small groups – have an opportunity to play soft background music as patients, family members, guests, and Children’s of Alabama employees go about their day. Our hope is that this ambiance will help patients in their recovery, as well as families in stressful times.
In order to participate, local musicians / small groups must complete an application and submit an audio or video recording of a musical piece. This is a requirement for consideration. A Music Committee has been established for Soundscapes and will review all applications.
Additional Information & Requirements
If groups exceed more than 5 participants then prior approval must be granted by the Soundscapes Music Committee.The decision will be made on a case by case basis. Please send request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We provide a grand piano. All other instruments will need to be provided by the performer(s). We cannot provide an amplifier, or microphone. Therefore, any performer who needs this must provide that equipment as well.
Soundscapes Music Committee will do our best to inform patients, families, and Children’s employees of all performances. Through our Children’s Happenings weekly email, distribution of flyers, and word of mouth, we will do as much as we can to “get the word” out of upcoming musical performances. Please note however, that Soundscapes has no control over the ability or willingness of any patients, families, guests, or Children’s of Alabama staff to come and listen.
Children’s of Alabama will not be responsible for any performer(s) personal items, sheet music, musical equipment, etc. Please remember to take ALL personal items and music equipment upon the completion of the performance.