MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Volunteer Office at WVU Medicine and the West Virginia University Music Therapy Program have launched a volunteer program to provide music for patients and families at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Professor Amy Rodgers Smith says trained musicians, both individuals and groups, are starting to play in designated public spaces and waiting areas.

Rodgers Smith says research has shown that music encourages patients to be more motivated in their treatment.

She says it also provides emotional support for patients and families and an outlet for patients to express their feelings.

Musicians who want to play at the hospital are asked to contact the Volunteer Office.