Jared Kurtin Music Therapy Program
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is a leader in creative medical treatment options with the first established pediatric Music Therapy program in the Bay Area. Music therapists are an integrated part of the patient care team and work closely with doctors, nurses, and other therapists. Individual and group sessions help children and their families cope with illness, trauma, and hospitalization. Thanks to the generous support of the Kurtin family, Children's Hospital Oakland is able to offer one of the most comprehensive music therapy programs in existence.
How Music Therapy Supports Health
Music therapy is defined as the use of music to promote healing and enhance the quality of life for patients. Current research shows that music therapy can be used successfully to:
- Assist in pain management
- Ease depression
- Calm patients
- Promote movement
- Ease muscle tension
- Improve muscle flexibility and coordination
- Improve cognitive function
Music brings the mind, body, and spirit together. It can be transformational when prescribed for children who are unable to verbalize their feelings, fears, or concerns. A child's issues often become evident in their musical play or improvised song lyrics and the therapeutic process gives them resources to cope with their illness, hospitalization, and treatment. Music therapists also work with specialists in physical/occupational therapy to apply the movement involved in playing an instrument to facilitate rehabilitation goals.
At Children's Hospital Oakland, trained music therapists work with patients and their families to explore the physical and emotional challenges associated with their situation. Because no two patients react to music therapy the same way, each session is customized to your child's needs and response. The level of involvement can be as simple as listening to music or spontaneous play with intriguing instruments or as complex as composing a song. Music therapy is offered in a supportive manner, and in way that promotes self-expression and exploration.
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