Music Therapy

Music therapy uses music to help patients of all ages deal with cognitive, emotional, physical, social, or spiritual needs.

Three board-certified music therapists work to enhance the quality of life for all patients. Music therapy goals are dependent on patient diagnoses and population.

Music Therapy Services Include:

  • Playing soothing music to promote decreased heart and respiratory rates
  • Singing a lullaby or favorite song to build the bond between parent and infant
  • Teaching harmonica to promote deep breathing and pulmonary function
  • Teaching music relaxation techniques to decrease pain and anxiety
  • Using active music play to normalize the hospital for young children
  • Using familiar songs to provide comfort and support at end of life
  • Writing songs to express feelings about illness and hospitalization

Individual and group services are tailored to the unique needs of all patients.

Individual music therapy services in adult medical areas of the hospital are provided by referral to patients with extended or repeated hospital stays, lack of social support, and/or accompanying fear, anxiety, or depression. Individual music therapy services are provided by staff or patient referral.

Weekly group music therapy services are available to patients on inpatient psychiatric units and in partial hospitalization.

Music Therapy May:

  • Decrease anxiety and pain perception
  • Decrease cognitive distortions
  • Increase appropriate socialization skills
  • Increase coping skills
  • Increase relaxation and stress management skills
  • Increase/improve awareness of body image
  • Improve anger management skills
  • Improve decision-making skills
  • Provide an emotional and creative outlet
  • Provide comfort and spiritual support
  • Provide distraction and normalization of environment
  • Provide opportunities for reminiscence and life review


Learn more about our music therapy internship.