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music therapy

what is music therapy?

Our board certified music therapist uses specific music techniques to help reach health and well-being goals. The music therapist will get to know you and your child to create a personalized music therapy plan and will work closely with your care team to create the best plan possible for your child.

how can music therapy benefit my child?

  • Be creative
  • Express thoughts and feelings
  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Manage pain
  • Be active and get moving
  • Experience positive interactions
  • Cope with the various aspects of hospitalization

what happens in music therapy?

  • Singing
  • Playing instruments
  • Learning to play instruments
  • Songwriting
  • Music recording
  • Moving to music
  • Music relaxation

what our patient families are saying:

“The moment Lindsey came into the room with her guitar, Nate was in love. Now she brings other instruments for him to experience as well. Nate dances, laughs, and helps Lindsey play her guitar. It takes him away from the realization of being in the hospital.”

“He was restless and tossing and turning. Music therapy helped him to relax and fall asleep.” 

“She was dancing and singing when the doctor came in. She finally decided to give him a high five." 

Music therapy changes lives at Dayton Children's Hospital


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