What is music therapy?
A clinical and evidence-based practice, music therapy can be used to achieve both musical and non-musical goals. One musical goal might be learning to play piano. A non-musical goal might be using drums to improve motor skills. Music therapist Amy Love also helps patients attain emotional goals, such as learning to express themselves by writing and performing songs and discussing song lyrics. Creativity also helps patients cope with disease and its treatment.
At St. Jude, music therapy empowers children, helping them meet developmental goals while providing an outlet for expression.
Partnering with the nonprofit oral history project StoryCorps, we asked families, faculty and staff to interview each other and record their shared moments in St. Jude history.
During the past year, St. Jude volunteers donated 44,477 hours to the hospital, which is the equivalent of 22 full-time employees.