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The Healing Power of Music: Colin McEnroe at Watkinson School

A lot of interconnected things were happening in the 1990s, an oncologist and hematologist  named Mitchell Gaynor discovered trough a Tibetan monk, the so-called singing bowls and began incorporating them into the guided meditation and breathing work he did with his patients.

A psychotherapist named Carol Bush was also using music -- also in a guided imagery context -- to address psychological disorders that might otherwise be treated through pharmacology.

Meanwhile, a young woman named Kate Callahan suffered a traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident and spent years in a cognitive fog. A guitarist named Jim Chapdelaine was emerging from a terrifying encounter with a rare and deadly cancer.

All of these ideas and stories came together in the show you're about to hear, which includes wonderful live music performances and conversations from last week at Watkinson School.


  • Emily Bevelaqua is a board certified music therapist and the co-director of Connecticut Music Therapy Services, LLC, a private practice providing quality home, school and community-based music therapy services to individuals & groups with special needs throughout Connecticut.
  • Jim Chapdelaine is a producer, four-time Emmy winning composer, recording engineer, and guitarist with an extensive list of credits in music for television and recordings for major and independent labels.
  • Sarah Raskin is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Program at Trinity College and has published two books and numerous articles on treatment techniques for people with brain injuries.
  • Kate Callahan is a musician with 3 studio albums, and also is the winner of the CT Music Awards "Best Singer-Songwriter" award in 2013.

Questions or comments? Write us below, email Colin@wnpr.org, or tweet @wnprcolin.

You can listen to the full show (1 hour, 46 minutes) right here!

Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer. Colin can be reached at colin@ctpublic.org.
Chion Wolf is the host of Audacious with Chion Wolf on Connecticut Public, featuring conversations with people who have uncommon or misunderstood experiences, conditions, or professions.
Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.

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