The Huntsville Hospital Music Therapy program uses music and the therapeutic relationship to address the physical, spiritual, emotional, cognitive and social needs of neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients throughout the hospital system. Music is the tool, but healing is the goal.
It’s not about learning how to play music …
What does Music Therapy look like in action? Examples include providing support and distraction during procedures, using songwriting to help patients express their emotions, encouraging breathing regulation and relaxation through listening, and even reducing anxiety and pain through music. Because music therapy is a powerful and non-invasive medium, unique outcomes are possible. Goals can include:
Anxiety, stress and pain reduction
Positive changes in mood and patient participation
Emotional support and expression
Helping patients and families cope with hospitalization
“I like how calming it is. I have a lot of anxiety because I have been here so long ... Kate is not someone who makes me anxious when she comes in, and I think I needed that. That is very helpful for me.”