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Music Therapy Program

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Healing Children Through the Power of Music

Our family-centered program is designed to meet your child's emotional, cognitive and social needs.

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For children undergoing treatment for cancer and blood disorders, routine procedures may induce anxiety and add discomfort to their hospital stay. To alleviate your child’s fears, we’ve designed a Music Therapy program as a creative outlet to release stress and promote healing.

Our board-certified music therapist uses songwriting and instrumental play to help children cope during treatment. Partnering with psychologists, art therapists, nurses and child life specialists in the Oncology and Hematology divisions, our team brings powerful musical experiences to patients of all ages, from tiny babies to teens.

Home to the Only Hospital-Based Pediatric Music Therapy Program in the Washington, D.C., Region

Each session, which is at your child’s bedside, is patient-centered. Sessions range from:
  • Patients or families playing their instrument of choice to preferred music 
  • Music therapist playing live instrument (such as guitar or drums) with sensory-focused images to reduce your child’s anxiety and pain
  • Movements to rhythm
  • Singing/songwriting
  • Playing instruments 
  • Relaxation exercises

To increase socialization, we also offer a monthly group therapy session, which includes karaoke, holiday jam sessions and themed events in collaboration with other members of the Psychosocial Team. Additionally, we offer dance parties in the outpatient clinic twice a week.

Music Therapy Program Team