Through live music, music therapists create a safe, inviting environment where patients and families can explore their thoughts and feelings. Music therapy is designed for each patient based on needs.
Music therapy might include:
- writing songs
- playing instruments
- making digital music
- listening to music
Goals for Music Therapy may include:
- helping pain
- decreasing stress, anxiety and depression
- improving memory
- physical rehabilitation
- increasing positive feelings and thoughts
- developmental and educational support
- infant stimulation and de-stimulation
- rehabilitative support
The American Music Therapy Association defines Music Therapy as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
For More Information
Please call Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Cheer Guild Music Therapy Program at 317.944.8723.