Music therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. The idea that music can improve health dates back to ancient Egypt, and current research indicates its positive effect on quality of life for children and adults with disabilities or illnesses such as cancer.
Music therapy can be designed to:
- Promote wellness
- Manage stress
- Alleviate pain
- Express feelings
- Enhance memory
- Improve communication
- Promote physical rehabilitation
MD Anderson's Integrative Medicine Center provides music therapy for children and adult inpatients, outpatients and their families. A board certified music therapist provides individual and group sessions, using passive listening or actively playing various musical instruments. No previous musical experience is required.
Music therapy is offered at no cost. If you would like an appointment with our music therapist, please ask your MD Anderson physician to submit an online consultation request. Should you have additional questions, please call us at 713-794-4700.
Music Therapy Internship
Music Therapy education at MD Anderson includes a National Roster Music Therapy Internship approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). This learning experience is designed for music therapy students and focuses on developing professional skills built on evidenced based music therapy practices specific to the medical oncology.
Learn more about MD Anderson's Music Therapy internship.
Music for Imagery & Relaxation
A review of the literature was conducted and used to develop music tracks for imagery and relaxation. Based on this research, the following original compositions feature common musical elements as they relate to music for relaxation purposes: melody, instrumentation, harmonic progression, key signature, tempo and time signature. We encourage you to use these tracks as part of your relaxation exercises.
Funds were generously donated by the Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support (VEPS) Disbursement Committee. The music selections below were composed and recorded by MD Anderson music therapists Michael Richardson, MT-BC, and Ingrid Sevy, MA, MT-BC. Synthesized music written by Ronald Waters.
Music Therapy Resources
Music as Therapy
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