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Music Therapy

Music therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music interventions to accomplish individualized goals. Creating a therapeutic relationship based on an individualized assessment, treatment plan and continued evaluation is the standard of clinical practice for all Board Certified Music Therapists. 

Music therapy session at MD Anderson.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. No previous musical experience is required.

Everyone Can Sing!


  • The Celebration Singers is a choir program at MD Anderson that is open to cancer patients and their caregivers.

    For more information about the choir or to sign up contact the choir's director, Michael Richardson.

    Read about Music Therapy at the Integrative Medicine Center.

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 above 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.


 About Music Therapy(1:35)

About our Therapist:

Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Music Therapy - Research Summary (pdf)



If you would like an appointment with our music therapist, please ask your MD Anderson physician or nurse to submit an online consultation request. 

For more information:


You may also visit our Integrative Medicine Program website to obtain recent information on research and topics related to integrative medicine.


Acupuncture, Exercise and Physical Activity, Health Psychology, Meditation
Music Therapy, Nutrition, Oncology Massage, Physician consultation

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The Integrative Medicine Center and its services are available to all current MD Anderson patients.

To request an appointment:

  • Call 713-794-4700
  • Online
  • Ask your MD Anderson physician or nurse to submit an internal request

Music as Therapy

"Tuned" for healing

A Cancerwise blog
By Angela Rankin, Cancer Survivor and Celebration Singer

I was being treated at the No. 1 cancer hospital in the country, but I also needed medicine for my mind. That's when I decided to focus on music. "He who sings scares away his woes." (Cervantes)

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