Therapy Services - Music Therapy

Music Therapy often plays a vital role in the treatment of our patients.

Music therapists are board-certified professionals who use structured, music-based activities to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy has been shown to improve the quality-of-life for adults and children with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions, which may include playing instruments, singing, listening, or composing, are typically designed to help manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.

For children and adults with eating disorders, weekly music therapy groups utilize interventions such as playing instruments, singing, music-assisted relaxation, listening and lyric discussion, or composing to assist with self-expression, development of coping strategies, and learning healthy patterns of thinking and behavior. Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute receives music coordinated by our therapist as part of the Arts in Healing program, whereby the music serves to improve the environment of care. In these two settings, music therapy provides a creative arts approach to treatment.