Music for CPR

When heart attacks or other emergencies occur, it is important to respond quickly.  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can support the flow of oxygenated blood across the body until medical care arrives.  CPR emphasizes chest compressions at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2012).  Healthcare providers are encouraged to use conventional CPR according to their updated training, received about once every two years (AHA & ASA, 2014). You can find an online course or local training center here.

Anecdotal experience has suggested that the use of music as a mental metronome can improve CPR compression rates.  Researchers selected “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees which has an appropriate 103 bpm (and a perfect name), measured compression rates while medical providers listened to the song, then measured rates again at least five weeks later when participants were encouraged to use the song only as a musical memory aid.  All participants in both the first (x̅ = 109.1 bpm) and second (x̅ = 113.2 bpm) assessments maintained compression rates safely over 100 bpm.  Participants also reported that the music increased their confidence and technical ability to perform CPR (Hafner, Sturgell, Matlock, Bockewitz, & Barker, 2012; Matlock, Hafner, Bockewitz, Barker, & Dewar, 2008).  Disco music in general has a strong, steady tempo.  My most recent training featured Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust,” which is thematically ironic but rhythmically effective (e.g., Aleccia, 2008). Enjoy some lifesaving songs below!


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Shout-Out! Webinar with Music & Memory’s Dan Cohen

Kat Fulton and Rachelle Norman are hosting a webinar featuring Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory℠. The FREE webinar is TONIGHT at 6PM Eastern, 3PM Pacific time (Register here!). Tonight they will help you stay up-to-date as Music & Memory℠ moves into your state, talk about collaboration, guide you towards resources to be an effective consultant, and provide opportunities for you to grow your practice. Registering for the event only requires your first name and an e-mail address. After signing up, you will receive bonus e-mail updates as the partnership between Music Therapy and Music & Memory℠ develops. If you cannot make the live meeting, there will be a recording available.

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Google Chrome Music Lab

Yesterday, Google’s Doodle celebrated Clara Rockmore’s 105th birthday. In her childhood, Clara was trained to play the violin, which she finally gave up due to physical strain. But then, Clara discovered what could be considered the coolest adaptive instrument… the theremin! The Theremin allows the performer to manipulate pitch with the free movement of one hand, and control volume with smooth gestures of the other. Google developed this Doodle, which lets you play music similar to the way you would perform on the theremin.

Alright, so this Doodle is a lot of fun, but if you read the description, you will also discover Chrome Music Lab. In recognition of Music In Our Schools Month, Google developed some really bright and engaging programs that allows users of all ages to “create, analyze, and visualize music right in the browser.” Experience and experiment with rhythm, harmony, melody, arpeggios, sound waves, spectrograms, harmonics, and more. Plus, “Check out each experiment to find open-source code you can use to build your own.”

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