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
  • 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 and Good Grief Group. 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!  Good Grief Group is a music therapy support group for staff who experience grief in their roles at the hospital.  For more information about either group, or to schedule a Ukulele Choir performance, please email musictherapy@texaschildrens.org.


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 is a certified NICU-MT through the National Institute for Infant & Child Medical Music Therapy and has completed Tier I of the First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, and Lullaby training. She currently serves the Texas Children's Hospital Newborn Center and facilitates Good Grief Group for TCH staff.

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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