Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Music Therapy Program


Music therapy is adaptable to any child. Based on medical, developmental, and social needs, a board-certified music therapist can create a non-threatening, non-invasive treatment plan to help children better cope with being in the hospital. Because children who are in the hospital have a great deal of fear, anxiety, and perceived loss of control, music therapy allows them to express themselves, make independent choices, and be successful during a hospital stay.

Music Therapist Dana Kim with a patient


Referrals can be made by child life specialists, child life assistants, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, families, members of the clergy, and patients.

Music therapy goals

  • Emotional support
  • Procedural support
  • Fine and gross motor development
  • Pain/anxiety management
  • Normalization of environment
  • Socialization
  • Legacy creation/memory building
  • Developmental support
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Family support
  • Coping
  • Self-expression and awareness

Music therapy techniques

  • Songwriting
  • Instrument Improvisation
  • Movement to music
  • Music assisted relaxation
  • Singing
  • Interactive music making
  • Lyric discussion
  • Parent-Child interaction

Patient playing the ukuleleVolunteers

Music Therapy volunteers interact musically with patients. They train with music therapists for several weeks before seeing individual patients.

Volunteers focus on normalizing the hospital environment by singing songs and playing instruments with patients. For more information, please visit the Volunteer website.

Last Edited: October 20, 2017
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