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Kamal Chmali

Prisca Benoit

Tracy Keil-Bowdish

Specializes in Neurology at Sentara where he founded

and is directing the Neuromuscular and Autonomic
Programs and the Sentara Music and Medicine
Center. Dr. Chmalis firm belief in the power of
music in connecting people and in healing disease led
him to start the Doctor-Patient Music Connection
Program, where physicians and professional
musicians perform for patients in a hospital setting,
and the Music and the Brain Concert-Symposia,
educational scientific symposia on the effect of music
on the nervous system, incorporating live
performances. An active researcher in the field of
music and neuroscience, Dr. Chmali presents
lectures and concerts that illustrate the important
effect of music on health and disease.
A French pianist hailed for her intense and powerful
sound and her refined pianistic touch with
countless colors. After graduating with honors from
the Conservatoire National Suprieur de Musique
(CNSM) of Paris and furthering her studies at
Indiana University, Ms. Benoit, a prizewinner at
major international piano competitions, has
performed with prestigious orchestras including
Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Capitole of Toulouse, New
Japan Philharmonic and National Symphony
Orchestra of Ireland, to name a few. She has
incorporated the principles of paramedical specialties
into her piano pedagogy and collaborates with Dr.
Chmali in researching the relationship between
music and medicine.
A Board-Certified Music Therapist at Sentara
Healthcare. Her Masters thesis explored the effect of
auditory-motor synchronization on physiological
responses and perceived exertion during treadmill
running. She has presented at various conferences,
hospitals, graduate seminars and community events
concerning the use of Music Therapy techniques in
neuro-rehabilitation as well as explanations of the
evidence-based mechanisms that drive the
interventions. Her Research interests include the
effect of music and rhythm on sensorimotor,
cognitive, and communicative function.

Shenandoah Conservatory
Music Therapy Department

and the


When Music Sings the

Brain Listens

and the

Heart Modulates
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
5:00pm 7:00pm
Goodson Recital Hall

About Sentra Music and Medicine Center


Dr. Kamal Chmali


Prisca Benoit, Piano

Music Therapy Using music experiences, within the client-therapist
relationship, to address a broad range of health related needs.
Team Includes:

-Music Therapists


Music Medicine Bringing live performances to patient care settings to

enhance the therapeutic environment and improve patient satisfaction.
Team includes:


-Collaborating musicians

Performance Medicine Preventing / treating problems of musicians,

singers and dancers resulting from disuse or repetitive stress, performance
anxiety, and other performance-related problems, through a
multidisciplinary approach that includes:
-Multispecialty physician team
-Physical / occupational therapy
-Musical pedagogues (instrument professors) -Vocal coaching
-Haptonomy, Alexander Feldenkreis Specialists (touch, muscle tone & posture)

Basic and clinical research to investigate the physiological and clinical
effects of different components and types of music on the body, in health
and disease. Research is conducted through Sentara Medical Group and
partnering educational institutions.

Education and Outreach

Educating the medical and musical communities about the impact of music
on health and its benefits for patient care.
Educating the general public, parents, students and teachers about the
importance of music in brain development.
Establishing an artist-in-residence program, partnering with high-level
professional musicians, locally, nationally and internationally by inviting
them to perform for our patients and promoting them through our relations
with musical institutions across the country and throughout the world.

F. Schubert:
F. Chopin:
C. Debussy:
F. Liszt:

Drei Klavierstcke, D.946, No. 2 in E-flat Major

Two waltzes op.64, No. 1 and 2
Claire de Lune (from the Suite Bergamasque)
Aprs une Lecture due Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata

Round Table Discussion:

Dr. Kamal Chmali, Prisca Benoit, Tracy Bowdish,
Dr. Daniel Tague, Dr. Hakeem Leonard, and Dr. Anthony Meadows

A growing body of research indicates the benefits of music

experiences on the body. Through music, parts of the brain that have
been damaged by disease can be reactivated. Patients, whose language
has been affected by stroke, often improve when music is added to their
treatment. Music can also improve blood pressure, pain levels, anxiety
and cognition.
The Sentara Music and Medicine Center focuses on integrating
music-based interventions as a treatment for improving the quality of
life for patients, caregivers and members of the community. Through
clinical research, the Music and Medicine team is committed to
furthering the body of knowledge pertaining to the benefits of music on
health and disease.