Music Therapy

Music is enjoyed by children of all ages. For the children at St. Mary’s music plays an even bigger role – it helps them to recover and improves their quality of life.

Music therapy harnesses the power of music and integrates it into the treatment goals of therapy to improve outcomes. Research has shown that music therapy can help improve a patient’s quality of life and promote physical and emotional wellness by:

  • reducing stress
  • alleviating pain
  • stimulating personal and collective expression and communication
  • promoting physical rehabilitation and learning through music

For a child with disabilities, so much is out of his or her control. Music therapy helps patients to see themselves as capable and important participants in their recovery. Music helps children heal, while empowering them physically, spiritually, and emotionally. A child who participates in a music therapy program can often express feelings through music that – because of physical, cognitive, developmental, or emotional impediments – can’t be expressed in words. It brings joy, strength, and confidence to young patients coping with serious and/or life-threatening medical conditions.