Research has proven that music reduces the perception of pain. Music sessions significantly changed patients' awareness of pain for the better. After operation, patients exposed to music exhibited fewer symptoms
of pain, had lower blood pressure, and required fewer pain-relieving medications.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Arts programs benefit more than 300,000 patients a year in our clinics and hospitals.

Art Exhibitions •
three galleries promote artistic expression that relates to the health care experience and celebrates the life of theMedical Center
Workshops •
guest artists and musicians work with various Medical Center populations to renew and restore the creative spirit, allowing for a therapeutic experience for staff and patients
Performances •
show-casing local and nationally known artists through the ever-popular Musician-in-Residence program and a collaborative effort with Musicians On Call
kid with butterflies
Art Cart •
artists working “hands-on” at the bedside with both children and adults creating personal works of art
Public Art •
Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s public art program gives the campus a vibrant sense of place which contributes to the prestige and identity of the institution for both its people and visitors
Art for Children in Hospitals •
offering physicians-in-training the opportunity to study therapeutic art as an elective in Medical School
Music at the bedside •
Musicians on Call (MOC) was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of  over 40,000 patients in healthcare facilities. MOC partnered with Vanderbilt University Medical Center Arts in 2007 to launch the first national branch of MOC in Nashville. Volunteer musicians and guides visit the Monroe Care Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt twice a week, Vanderbilt University Hospital four times a week, and the  Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as the VA (Veterans) Hospitals in Nashville and Murfreesboro, and Bordeaux Long-Term Care.