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Music On My Mind

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In partnership with our student group, the Keck Music Society, the HEAL Program has hosted student-musician performances in multiple venues on the Health Sciences Campus in conjunction with KSOM’s Musician-in-Residence, Zora Mihailovich. Ms. Mihailovich also offers piano instruction to the medical school students.

Music As Medicine

These are famous piano pieces that for centuries and decades have brought happiness, optimism, and peace to our human souls and brains. This music is effective for relaxation and stress management and can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. Faster music as in Chopin’s Valse C-Sharp Minor Op. 64 No. 2 can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music as in some pieces from Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood Op. 15 can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower tempo in other pieces from Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood Op. 15 or Rachmaninoff’s Musical Moment Op. 16 No. 3 can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day.

All pieces have been performed by Zora Mihailovich.  The password to listen to these recordings is “zora



Zora Mihailovich is internationally recognized as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, recording artist, and educator. She was Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Piano at the University of Rochester New York, a Visiting Adjunct Professor for Piano at the Eastman School of Music New York, Professor for Piano at the University of Belgrade School of Music, and a Guest Artist at the California Institute of Arts, California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, California State University Fullerton, New York University, and University of Arizona School of Music Tucson. She is Steinway Artist and a Musical Ambassador of the City of New Orleans. Currently, Zora is musician-in-residence at the Keck School of Medicine’s HEAL Program. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Belgrade School of Music. She studied piano performance at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecila in Rome (Italy) and at the University of Southern California. Mihailovich performed in recitals and as orchestral soloist throughout Europe and North America including London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall, Brussels’ Conservatoire Royal, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Warsaw’s Philharmonic Hall. She recorded several commercial CDs including Rubinstein Works for Piano, Chopin Piano Sonatas, Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto, Franck Symphonic Variations, Mozart Piano Sonatas, Rachmaninov Sonata, Six Musical Moments and Preludes, Bach Partitas, and Brahms Sonata and Intermezzi.

Keck Music Society

Keck Music Society is a group of medical student musicians who enjoy playing together and sharing our music with patients in the hospital. Our hope is to build connections among musicians at Keck and to bring music to our hospitals and campus. Currently, we perform at the Pediatric Ward at LAC, Norris Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital, but we are always looking to expand and create more musical opportunities. 

We welcome musicians and singers of all levels. This is a great way to meet and play with other student musicians as well as to interact one-on-one with patients in a different way than you would normally. The patients have genuinely expressed their appreciation– we’ve also been told by the nurse staff that patients have shown measurable improvements in their recovery because of your music! We’re looking forward to meeting you and playing music together!

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