What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy for a patient

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, our Music Therapist uses 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?

Music Therapy

Our Music Therapist works closely with the neuro rehabilitation team, but does see all patient populations by referral basis.

Check Out Music Therapy In the News!
Music Therapy at Children's Hospital - Cornbread's Kids. Cornbread introduces us to Alec, a patient benefiting from music therapy and Child Life activity areas at Children's Hospital in St. Louis.

For more information on Music Therapy please visit The American Music Therapy Association