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:

  • Acute Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Critical Care
  • Renal/Nephrology Services
  • Individual consults/referrals as available

The music therapy team is happy to offer music therapy services to TCH staff in the form of the TCH Ukulele Choir! The Ukulele Choir practices weekly and often goes care-o-ling around TCH to lift the spirits of patients and visitors. We welcome new members at any time, no experience required – email musictherapy@texaschildrens.org for more information or to schedule a performance.


Meet our Music Therapists

Marial Biard joined the music therapy team at TCH in 2016. Marial became a board-certified music therapist after completing her Master’s in Music Therapy at Colorado State University. Marial is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist. She currently serves as the Acute Care music therapist, working with patients in West Tower (Inpatient Rehab Unit, Medical/Surgical Unit, Neurology Unit, and Pulmonary and Adolescent Medicine Unit).

Alix Brickley joined the music therapy team at TCH as an intern in 2016 and as an employee in 2017.  Alix earned her music therapy board-certification after receiving her Master’s in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University and her Bachelor’s in Music: Vocal Performance from the University of Denver.  Alix has completed Tier I of the First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, and Lullaby NICU Music Therapy program and is also completing her NICU-MT training. She currently serves infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  

Abi Carlton joined the music therapy team at TCH in 2018. Abi has been a board-certified music therapist since graduating with her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy at Colorado State University; she is currently completing a Master’s in Music Therapy at Augsburg University. Abi has completed Tier I of the First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, and Lullaby NICU Music Therapy program and is currently finishing her NICU-MT training. She currently serves as the Critical Care music therapist, working with patients in Legacy Tower (Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Transitional Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Units, and the Cardiac Patient Care Unit).

Michael Way joined the music therapy team at TCH in 2018. Michael became a board-certified music therapist after completing his Bachelor’s in Music Therapy at Sam Houston State University. Michael later received his Master’s in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University and is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist. He currently serves as the Nephrology music therapist, working with patients throughout the hospital (Inpatient Nephrology, Kidney Transplants, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, and Renal Clinics).


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