Music Therapy

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 (American Music Therapy Association, 2017).

Here at Texas Children’s Hospital, music therapists create a safe environment for patients and families to relax, have fun, learn, grow, and express themselves through music. 

Music Therapy Services include:

  • Active music engagement
  • Developmental stimulation through music
  • Movement to music
  • Music videos and audio recordings
  • Patient- or infant-directed singing
  • Songwriting
  • Therapeutic music instruction

These interventions can facilitate the following therapeutic outcomes:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Decreased pain perception
  • Improved self concept and confidence
  • Legacy building and memory making
  • Opportunity for developmental/academic advancement
  • Parent and caregiver psychosocial support
  • Positive and normalized social experience

As part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team, our music therapists currently provide individual, group, and co-treatment sessions on the following inpatient units:

  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
  • Medical Surgical Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Neurology Unit
  • Progressive Care Unit
  • Individual consults/referrals

Meet our Music Therapists

Marial Biard serves as Internship Director, Practicum Site Supervisor, Ukulele Choir Co-Director, and Research Clinician. Marial is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist and earned her Music Therapy Board Certification after graduating from Colorado State University with a Masters in Music Therapy. Marial currently serves the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, Medical Surgical Unit, Neurology Unit and Progressive Care Unit. 

Alix Brickley serves as Healing Notes Volunteer Coordinator, Internship/Practicum Supervisor, Ukulele Choir Co-Director, and Research Clinician. Alix is a certified Tier I, First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, and Lullaby NICU Music Therapist and earned her Music Therapy Board Certification after graduating from Sam Houston State University with a Masters in Music Therapy. Alix currently serves the NICU, CVICU, and Progressive Care Units. 

Michael Way serves as a Research Clinician. Michael is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist and earned his Music Therapy Board Certification after graduating from Sam Houston State University with a Masters in Music Therapy. Michael currently serves the Inpatient and Outpatient Renal and Pheresis Units.


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