Music therapy uses research-based music interventions to address individualized patient goals that support social, communication, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory and spiritual needs. Program leader Elisha Madsen, MME, MT-BC (NICU-MT) and other board-certified music therapists use music to conduct assessments, develop treatment plans and implement interventions such as singing, songwriting, music listening, song discussion, active music making (playing musical instruments), music-assisted relaxation, imagery and performance.
In the hospital, music therapy can be used to:
- Reduce pain, anxiety, and stress
- Promote relaxation, sedate, or induce sleep
- Promote healthy self-expression
- Provide family support and promote family interaction
- Improve mood
- Provide support before, during or after medical procedures
- Provide end-of-life support
At no cost, on a referral basis, a board-certified music therapist is now available to Sutter Health CPMC’s patients, including adults, children and NICU infants. NICU music therapists hold an advanced credential to provide music therapy to premature infants to address medical and developmental goals.
The happy moments that were provided to Mason and our entire family through music therapy are something that will never be forgotten.
— Staceyanne Fontana, parent of Pediatric ICU patient
With your charitable donations, the Music Therapy Program will be able to expand, bringing music and compassionate healing to as many CPMC patients as possible.
To make a gift, click Give Now and select Music Therapy for Hospitalized Patients from the online designation menu.