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“We expected to see wings!”

We have a contract with a hospital in our city to provide bedside music therapy for patients on palliative care as well as recovering from illness or surgery. We are referred by the chaplains on the spiritual care staff or by RNs in each wing.

A patient who had just been placed on palliative measures […]

Music Therapy and Dyspnea

A patient heard me singing across the hall from her hospital room and immediately rang her call button to ask if I would come to her room, too. When I arrived with my guitar, Reverie Harp and Native American flute, she smiled broadly and said, “thank you so much for coming!” The […]

Why music therapy in medicine?

Music therapy is a health care profession which uses music to effect therapeutic change.

Music therapists are board-certified (MT-BC), and licensed (in some states).  Music therapists must complete 1200 hours of clinical internship experience, an approved Bachelor, Master or Ph. D. level music therapy degree program, and pass a board-certification exam.

In the hospital setting, doctors, […]

Evidence in favor of music therapy

Evidence in favor of music therapy


Is there scientific proof for the effectiveness of music therapy?  The answer is yes!  In fact, there is a wide body of research that shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that music therapy is indeed effective.  Here are a few ways in which music therapy can be helpful […]


I met a lovely couple at the hospital the other day that were very interested in music therapy, and as we were singing and talking, a respiratory therapist joined in and got a dose of music therapy too!  Then, last night at our Pre-holiday Drum Circle, 7 new people joined us, to make 10 […]

Music Therapy in the News

Please watch this wonderful clip from CBS News about the wonders of music therapy in hospital:

HCR Manor Care Opens!

Check out this beautiful new facility in the Salmon Creek area:!  It is a gorgeous place offering skilled nursing, a 2500 square foot therapeutic gym, private and semi-private rooms, and so much more ~

San Diego Oncologist on Today Show

Check out this segment on the Today Show about an oncologist who uses songwriting in his work with cancer patients:

Music Therapy: It’s All About the Brain

As a music therapy student at Marylhurst, I was introduced to the work of Dr. Dale Taylor, an MT-BC,  researcher and expert in the field of biomedical music therapy.  Dr. Taylor says that the work of music therapy takes place in the human brain, and is targeted at changing how the brain functions.An example […]