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
- 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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