Music Therapy

Music Therapy
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The Riley Cheer Guild has been funding the music therapy program at Riley since 2000. In 2014, IU Health University Hospital asked the Riley Cheer Guild to fund their music therapy program for adults, which helps us to further our mission!

What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions. Through live music, Board Certified Music Therapists create a safe, inviting environment where patients and families can explore their thoughts and feelings through music. Music therapy is designed for each patient based on individualized needs. You can find music therapists at each of the hospitals leading songwriting, singing tunes, playing instruments, making digital music, or creating improvisational music with patients. Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • Promote wellness
  • Manage Stress
  • Alleviate Pain
  • Express Feelings
  • Enhance Memory
  • Improve Communication
  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

Making a Difference for Patients
Music therapy has been shown to be an effective therapy option when no other therapies seem to work. It stimulates all of the senses and involves the patient at many levels. It is a form of sensory stimulation, which provokes responses due to the familiarity, predictability, and feelings of security associated with it. This “multi-modal approach” facilitates many developmental skills. Music is highly motivating, yet it can also have a calming and relaxing effect. Enjoyable music activities are designed to be success-oriented and make patients feel better about themselves. Because the brain processes music in both hemispheres, music can stimulate cognitive functioning and may be used to help with some speech and language skills

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