SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY NEWS: Music Therapy Student Nets Research Award

July 19, 2017

Ray Leone ’86, ’17 MT-BC, was awarded the Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR) Graduate Research Award for his research, “The Impact of Two Music Therapy Interventions on Vital Signs, Pain, and Anxiety for Adult Patients in an ICU.”

“We do believe that this may be the largest study ever using live music in an ICU; this is from our research as to what is out there in the literature,” Leone said of the study, conducted at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Virginia. Leone’s study, which included 52 patients, has occurred as part of his second time around as a Shenandoah student. He graduated from Shenandoah in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre and then worked as a performer before going back to school for music therapy and certification at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Upon moving back to Northern Virginia two years ago, he entered Shenandoah’s master’s program in music therapy, from which he expects to graduate in December.

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