Music Therapy

Helping Patients Cope with Illness through Music

University Hospitals provides music therapy services for both adults and children to help them cope with the physical and emotional stress of hospitalization or illness. With this evidence-based therapy, board-certified music therapists will assess each patient and tailor a music therapy program to meet their needs. Research shows that the management and reduction of both stress and pain levels can be crucial to patients’ well-being and optimal health, and music therapy can help in meeting this goal. Music therapy can benefit patients who are dealing with some of the most serious health issues, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Music Therapy Techniques

Our board-certified music therapists use a variety of techniques to help patients in one-on-one or group settings. Examples of music therapy techniques include:

  • Provide soothing music to assist patients in managing pain
  • Assist patients in writing and recording a song to express themselves
  • Provide music to help patients refocus during medical procedures
  • Engage patients in musical exercises to assist them in physical or speech rehabilitation
  • Provide music therapy strategies to help patients manage stress during hospitalization

Benefits of Music Therapy

Music therapy has many physical, emotional and social benefits for patients who are dealing with an illness or injury. Music therapy has been proven to help:

  • Decrease stress, anxiety and depression
  • Provide an outlet for a patients to express their emotions
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Enhance communication among patients and families
  • Reduce pain and muscle tension
  • Regulate blood pressure, heart rate and respiration

Music Therapy for Cancer Patients

Our board-certified music therapists offer music therapy services for patients with cancer and blood disorders through University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. Offered in group and individual sessions, various music therapy techniques can be used to help patients deal with the pain, stress and anxiety of having a serious illness.

Music Therapy for Children

When a child needs to be hospitalized, it can be a scary time for both the child and his or her family. Our board-certified music therapists at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital provide a range of music therapy techniques specifically geared for children to help kids and families deal with the physical and emotional toll an illness or hospitalization can take.

Learn More

Patients and families who are interested in music therapy services are encouraged to ask their caregivers about how they can participate.

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