Music therapy is an established health profession that uses music to address a person’s physical, emotional, cognitive or social needs.

Music therapy improves lives by promoting heath and healing the whole person. According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is the evidence-based use of music to accomplish personalized goals within a therapeutic relationship involving a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy is an established health profession that uses music to address a person’s physical, emotional, cognitive or social needs. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, a qualified music therapist provides the appropriate treatment, such as creating, singing, moving to and listening to music. Essentially, music therapists help people cope and relax.

What are the benefits of music therapy?

Since ancient times, music has been used to soothe emperors, kings, children and even animals. Music therapy can:

  • Decrease anxiety
  • Reduce stress, pain and discomfort
  • Improve mood
  • Relax muscle tension
  • Lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate
  • Improve breathing

Frequently Asked Questions

Is music therapy safe?

Yes. Music therapists are highly trained professionals who are closely attuned to the needs of patients and families. And even those with sensitive ears can benefit from music therapy.

Will my insurance pay for music therapy?

No. But you will not be billed either. JamesCare for Life music therapy is a free service to patients of The James Cancer Hospital.

Find music therapy at Ohio State

JamesCare for Life, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, telephone: (614) 293-6428 or
(614) 722-3635

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