What is music therapy?
- Rhythm sticks
Music therapists are part of the medical team and work collaboratively with doctors and nurses to complement the care they provide. We assess patients each time we work with them so that we can tailor sessions to their needs. We address the following areas:
- Pain, anxiety, nausea, sleepless
- Emotional coping and adjustment
- Functional rehabilitation and developmental activities
- Limited meaningful leisure
- Family coping during end-of-life care
Our music therapists work with a variety of cultural and faith backgrounds, using music to help families stay connected to their heritage and traditions. We also have experience with non-English-speaking and non-verbal children who enjoy using music as a common language of communication. If you’d like your child to participate in music therapy at the Children’s Hospital, please speak with your doctor or nurse.
Therapists, Children’s Hospital patients say thank you in song
For months, music therapists and patients at the Children’s Hospital pored over lyrics, banged bongos and strummed guitars – all in preparation for their big moment.
They got it at THON 2020, when a group of them took the stage to say thanks with a song in front of a roaring crowd at State College. This year, it was their own version of Imagine Dragons’ “Believer.”
Songwriting is a tradition at the annual event, which benefits Four Diamonds and the Children’s Hospital.
“Back in the '90s, so many families were talking to us about what THON meant to them and how much they appreciated everything the students were doing for them,” said Jan Stouffer, a board-certified music therapist at Hershey Medical Center, who helped work on the song. “We thought what better way to say thank you than to write a song about it.”
This is the 10th time the music therapists and their patients have produced a song for THON.