Music Therapy is an established health care profession that uses specifically designed music interventions to address the unique physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages, across the lifespan.
In a pediatric medical setting, board-certified music therapists are trained to design and implement individualized interventions to address the needs of each child and family. At Primary Children's Hospital our music therapists are highly trained to harness the therapeutic qualities of music and to enable children of all ages to work toward their physiological, cognitive, emotional and social goals.
What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is an evidenced-based profession, and its positive effects are documented in research. Our music therapist may use techniques such as songwriting, improvisation, active music making, music movement, parent and child interaction through music, or music and imagery, but each session looks and sounds very different for each child.
Through engagement in a creative process, a child's perception of pain and anxiety can be positively altered, and the music can offer an outlet for emotional self-expression. Through utilizing what research has revealed about how the brain processes music, children can make additional strides on rehabilitation goals. Pre-mature babies can begin to learn how to integrate their sensory environment through carefully implemented musical interventions. Music therapy is a unique process which can aid a child in feeling empowered and special in an oftentimes very scary hospital environment.
Music Therapy Goals May Include
- Improve neurological development
- Improve speech and language
- Develop fine and gross motor development
- Improve coping skills
- Normalization of environment
- Eliminating or decreasing sedation for procedures
- Legacy creation/memory making
- Procedural support
- Pain management
- Increasing control over environment
- Emotional self-expression.