Music therapy is the clinical, evidence-based use of music interventions to achieve individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. Music therapists assess patients’ needs, develop treatment plans using music, and provide music interventions according to the treatment plan. In a hospital, music therapy can help to:
- reduce pain and anxiety,
- promote positive changes in mood,
- provide avenues for self-expression,
- encourage positive coping strategies,
- support rehabilitative goals, and
- assist patients and families in coping with all aspects of illness and hospitalization.
Music therapists are nationally board certified and have completed an approved music therapy degree program. The music therapist works closely with child life specialists, doctors, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team in treatment planning and evaluation.
To learn more about music therapy, look to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). You can visit their website at: http://www.musictherapy.org