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 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.
Music for Imagery & Relaxation
- Relaxation Technique with Synthesized Music Listen I Download
- Synthesized Music Listen I Download
- Music and Relaxation for Children Listen I Download
- Morning Mist: Harp Listen I Download
- Bear’s Lullaby: Harp and Cello Listen I Download
- Summer Breeze: Harp and Cello Listen I Download
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:
- Michael Richardson (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:
- Call 713-794-4700
- Email via secured portal: myMDAnderson.org
- Email for non medical information IntegrativeMed@mdanderson.org
- What to expect at your first appointment (pdf)
You may also visit our Integrative Medicine Program website to obtain recent information on research and topics related to integrative medicine.
Request an Appointment
The Integrative Medicine Center and its services are available to all current MD Anderson patients.
To request an appointment:
- Call 713-794-4700
- Ask your MD Anderson physician or nurse to submit an internal request
Music Therapy Resources
Music as Therapy
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