January 2020 Meeting: Andrew Schulman

Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 7:00 PM

Ripley-Grier Studios, 939 Eighth Avenue, Studio 4A (between 55th and 56th Streets)

Medical Musician: A Storyteller and Travel Guide in Music

Andrew Schulman will describe the journey that led him to develop the Medical Musician specialty for critical care medicine. He’ll play various selections that he calls his “penicillin pieces” and explain his use of the acronym: META – Musical expression, Empathy, Teamwork, and Assessment.

The presentation will be followed by our Open Mic. Sign up in advance to play — see the Member Events page for details. NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests.

Andrew Schulman is the author of Waking the Spirit: A Musician’s Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul
Available at https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250132222

An Oliver Sacks Foundation Best Book of the Year Selection, Finalist for the Books for a Better Life “Best First Book” Award, and a People Magazine Pick in Nonfiction.

The astounding story of a critically ill musician who is saved by music and returns to the same hospital to help heal others

Andrew Schulman, a fifty-seven-year-old professional guitarist, had a close brush with death on the night of July 16, 2009. Against the odds—and with the help of music—he survived: a medical miracle.

Once fully recovered, Andrew resolved to use his musical gifts to help critically ill patients at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s ICU. In Waking the Spirit, you’ll learn the astonishing stories of the people he’s met along the way—both patients and doctors—and see the incredible role music can play in a modern hospital setting.

Schulman expertly weaves cutting-edge research on neuroscience and medicine, as well as what he’s learned as a professional musician, to explore the power of music to heal the body and awaken the spirit.