Instrumental is an engaging and inspiring project that connects professional musicians with people in hospital. It provides 2 programs – tailored bedside musical experiences, and pop up performances (Instant Instrumental).
In bedside musical experiences, a trained musician connects with the patient through their choice of music and song, and offers opportunities to chat, reminisce, sing, play instruments and collaborate in songwriting. For people who may have been in hospital for a long time or who are experiencing low mood, this individualised experience can be empowering and uplifting.
Instant Instrumental performance duos bring beautiful music and harmonies to waiting rooms, entrances and ward spaces.
All our professional performers have been trained and mentored as part of the Inscape’s support program for artists.
Hospital can be a very clinical and cold environment, but music provided through both the Instant performances and the bedside experience can change the atmosphere. Our programs have been evaluated and found to have a positive impact for patients, families and staff, providing a person centred approach to care and supporting recovery.
“I know (mum) just loved the times they had music. They sang songs that she knew and she just loved that… she certainly enjoyed it because she looked forward to it, she got quite social with it in the end”. (family member)
‘I think this is a marvelous program. I am a doctor at the hospital and can see how much patients appreciate this. Many are scared, lonely, bored and in pain. The chance to enjoy, make and appreciate art and music is an incredible gift. I hope when I am on receiving end – in the bed and not beside it you are there for me too.’ (doctor, Royal Hobart Hospital).
Instrumental began on one ward at the Royal Hobart Hospital and has grown to operate over the entire hospital, with demand to expand to other medical centres. As an independent not for profit organisation we rely on donations, grants and philanthropy to support our work.
Donations will go directly to training and supporting the professional musicians working in the hospital. Your support will enable these musicians to deliver programs that connect them with patients, families, and hospital staff. You will be contributing to over 13 hours of bedside music each week and fortnightly performances.