Hannah Bush, MM, MT-BC
Assistant Professor of Music Therapy
West Virginia University
Hannah Ivey Bush, MM, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist, is an Assistant Professor of Music Therapy in the Department of Human Performance at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine. As Clinical Faculty, she provides music therapy services to West Virginia University’s teaching hospital, supervises undergraduate music therapy students in clinical rotations, and serves as the music therapy internship director for West Virginia University Medicine.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
We’ve Got the Beat: Combining Occupational and Music Therapy to Maintain Independence in Patients with Parkinson's
Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with Parkinson’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder affecting mobility, muscle control, and vocal strength and stability. As there were limited opportunities for group programming for Parkinson’s patients in West Virginia, we began to provide free weekly sessions with Music Therapists (MT) and Occupational Therapists (OT). The three aims included maintaining upper extremity range of motion, improve clarity of consonant enunciation, and improve gait pattern. o Design or methodology MT and OT students collaborated to offer hour-long…