What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions. These interventions accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship and setting. Music Therapists are credentialed professionals who have completed an approved music therapy program.

At St. Louis Children's Hospital, we use music for non-musical goals including but not limited to:

  • Gross Motor Goals (walking patterns, movement through song choice, etc.)
  • Fine Motor Goals (using musical instruments to strengthen and tone)
  • Oral Motor Goals (enhance respiration rates through the use of musical instruments)
  • Cognitive Goals (lyric completion, memory recall, etc.)
  • Psychosocial Goals (self-esteem and expression)

Who receives music therapy?

We work closely with the neurorehabilitation program team, but does see all patient populations by referral basis.

For more information on music therapy please visit The American Music Therapy Association.