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Music Therapy Program

Healthcare providers play drums in a circle in the Healing Garden.

At Children’s National Hospital, clinically-trained music therapists in Child Life and Integrative Care Services work to support the psychological and physical wellbeing of children, families and staff members through music therapy interventions. Our music therapists improve your child’s hospital experience by:

  • Relieving anxiety
  • Reducing agitation
  • Supporting pain management
  • Improving coping skills
  • Providing developmental support

Musical Interventions to Enhance Your Child's Wellbeing 

A young girl plays a ukulele while sitting in the Healing Garden.Music therapists work at the bedside with children of all ages (infants through adults) and all abilities. We choose specific interventions to target specific goals for your child or your family members. The interventions can be receptive or active depending on the patient’s current needs and abilities. 

Music therapists can facilitate a wide array of interventions including music-assisted relaxation, therapeutic songwriting, lyric analysis and active music making.  

The music therapists in Child Life and Integrative Care Services work with children in all inpatient units at Children’s National, except for Oncology/Hematology, which has its own dedicated music therapy team, and Psychiatry.