Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Music Therapy

Our team uses music to address non-musical goals for children and families in the medical setting. 

What is Music Therapy?

Music is a part of everyday life, and research shows that music affects mental, physical and emotional states. These qualities make it a valuable and effective tool in helping children and families recover their health and wellbeing, especially within the hospital.

Music Therapy is the use of music to achieve specific, non-musical goals and is provided by a board-certified music therapist. At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, our music therapists use music in individual and group therapy sessions to help children and families cope with pain, stress, fear, isolation, medical procedures, and being in the hospital. The music therapists work with physicians, nurses, child life specialists, and other staff in a team approach to address the individual needs of each patient and their family.


The benefits of music therapy include, but are not limited to:

•    Relief from pain and discomfort
•    Reduction of stress
•    Improved understanding of medical treatment
•    Improved coping
•    Empowerment to participate and have control in treatment
•    Strengthened family bonds
•    Continued developmental growth
•    Improved patient and family satisfaction


The Music Therapy Department currently serves all medical, surgical, oncology, and intensive care inpatient units, as well as our outpatient clinics within the Center for Blood Disorders Institute.

Referrals are made through any staff member on the team (nurses, physicians, child life specialists, and more) and can be requested by families.

Additionally, in partnership with Music Sweet Music, Inc., music therapy groups are also available to children through our outpatient Speech and Language Department and our outpatient Physical Therapy Department.

Currently, our music therapy team provides services Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. 

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History of Music Therapy at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital: 

Music therapy has been a part of the interdisciplinary team at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital since 1993. Through generous donations and funding by community members throughout the years, music therapy has existed as a full-time program in collaboration with the Child Life Department. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has also served as a national roster clinical training site for music therapy interns, and has resulted in the training of numerous music therapists. To date, the music therapy department sustains 1.5 music therapists and trains 2-3 music therapy interns per year, serving an average of 75 patients a month. Since the inception of the music therapy program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, more than 5,500 patients have benefited from music therapy.

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