Music Therapy

What is a Music Therapist?

A music therapist is a person specifically trained in using music to assist or motivate patients to complete goals related to their hospitalization.

Music Therapists use music to:

  • Help patients cope with illness and hospitalization
  • Distract patients from pain
  • Provide developmental stimulation
  • Provide sensory stimulation
  • Promote relaxation
  • Promote normalization
  • Enhance the rehabilitation process
  • Increase emotional expression
  • Provide family/caregiver education
  • Decrease stress and anxiety

Music Therapists are here to help patients make changes in mental, physical, social, emotional, and communication skills.

Interested in an Internship?

As a member of the treatment team, music therapists are trained to use interactive music making, music & movement, improvisation, music listening, singing, song writing, lyric discussion, music & imagery, music performance, and learning through music. Usually, this occurs in an individual setting and can be at the patient’s bedside, in the intensive care units, or clinic areas. Sometimes a music therapist will join other services (such as physical, occupational, or speech therapies) and together they work towards the patient’s goals.

A music therapist is trained at the bachelor or master’s level in music therapy. They have also completed a 1,040 hour internship and passed a board certification exam.  If you are a music therapy student and are looking for information about our music therapy internship program please see the information and an application at the following links:

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