• What is Music Therapy?

    According to the American Music Therapy Association: Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program

    Music therapy is using music to accomplish goals. In the hospice setting, music therapy provides support for patients and their families at the end of life. Music therapists are not just performers. Music therapists have training in music and psychology, and they use music to address clinical goals. 

    To become a music therapist, one must:

    • Complete a 4-year music therapy degree program (or equivalency)
    • Complete 1200 hours of clinical practicum work
    • Pass the Board Certification Exam
    • Maintain certification through continuing education credits

     *Music therapy is not a required hospice service per Medicare, but a unique Enrichment Program that Paradigm offers to enhance our patient's quality of life. 

  • Music Therapy Can:

    • Improve quality of life
    • Maintain feelings of self-worth and dignity
    • Manage pain, nausea, shortness of breath
    • Decrease anxiety/promote relaxation
    • Support independence through decision making
    • Increase socialization
    • Enhance family coping skills/encourage communication
    • Provide a means of emotional/grief expression
    • Provide supportive presence
    • Facilitate life review
  • Benefits of Music Therapy Include

    • Individualized services
    • Session frequency based on patient need
    • 1:1 sessions or small groups as appropriate/desired
    • Engagement of family members/loved ones with patient care
    • Consultations about the use of music in various settings

    Meet Music Therapist Leah Whitmire

    Meet Music Therapist Becky Welch

  • Interventions Used in Music Therapy

    • Song recreation
    • Singing
    • Instrumental play
    • Improvisation
    • Songwriting
    • Song discussion
    • Music for relaxation
    • Movement to music
    • Music and imagery