The Music Therapy program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital is supported by the Peterson Family Foundation. Music Therapy is a complimentary service for patients and their families.
Music therapy uses music-based interventions to address a person’s cognitive, social, emotional, psychological, physical, physiological and spiritual needs. A credentialed music therapist leads clinical and evidence-based interventions designed to help achieve your individual therapy goals. Music therapy can be beneficial for the entire family and provides an alternative method of communication and emotional processing. Music therapy is available to individuals of all ages and is provided to all pediatric units.
Music-therapy sessions are tailored to the needs and preferences of each person. Sessions vary in duration and participants decide their level of involvement. Music Therapy visits are conducted at bedside and in playroom areas.
Examples of the different music-therapy techniques:
Music therapy sessions are not performances and they are not purely intended for entertainment. The difference between performers/visiting musicians and music therapy is the therapeutic relationship. Music therapists are board-certified members of your multidisciplinary care team who work with you to achieve specific clinical goals aligned with your care plan.
UCLA Health doctors, nurses, social workers, child life specialists and other hospital staff can request a music therapy referral on your behalf. Just ask them!
If you have questions about music therapy, call Jenna Bollard, Music Therapy program director at (310) 267-9426.
Thank U to our supporters who help provide musical instruments and philanthropic support to our program. Because of U we can continue to offer Music Therapy services to patients and their families.
For more information about supporting music therapy initiatives, please contact Kelli Carroll (Director of Child Life) at (310) 267-9435 or Jenna Bollard (Music Therapist) at (310) 267-9426.