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Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy uses music or music-based experiences prescribed by specially trained therapists to influence positive changes in well-being. Music therapists create goals for treatment based on an assessment and evaluation of each participant’s needs and strengths.

No musical background is needed to benefit or participate in music therapy. The music therapist will work within your comfort level.

What are the benefits of Music Therapy?

Research has shown that music therapy provides the following benefits for patients with cancer:

  • help reduce pain
  • decrease nausea and vomiting
  • relieve stress
  • improve mood
  • reduce depression
  • promote relaxation, including lowering heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate
  • support communication with others, including healthcare team
  • provide emotional support for patients and their families

What should I expect during a Music Therapy session?

Music therapy interventions most often utilize live music and are individualized to meet the unique needs of each participant.  This can include:

  • Listening to relaxing music to distract from pain or nausea, sometimes with specific relaxation techniques
  • Song writing to help express thoughts and feelings
  • Playing an instrument to lift mood
  • Creating music in the moment to express emotions
  • Singing or listening to familiar songs with family or friends

How can I register for a class or schedule a 1:1 appointment?

No referral is needed for music therapy. Just give us a call at (585) 486-0630 to register for a class or request a 1:1 appointment. The monthly class schedule is available on our website, and our music therapist has varying availability for 1:1 appointment.

Who provides the Music therapy?

Visit our staff team page to meet our music instructors!

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