More than music therapy

 

Building patient legacy with heartbeat and a song.

Music therapy can be many things, such as playing instruments, listening to music and songwriting. But music can preserve special memories as well. At St. Jude, music therapist Amy Love uses recording technology to forever capture a patient's heartbeat in a song.

Music therapist Amy Love

Song starts at 1:30

During ultrasounds, the heartbeat is the first sound that parents hear in relation to their child. It is a representation of life and it is the rhythm that we carry within each of us.

Music therapist Amy Love

 

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.

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Healing Harmony

Healing Harmony

At St. Jude, music therapy empowers children, helping them meet developmental goals while providing an outlet for expression.

Voices of St. Jude

Voices of St. Jude

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.

Making a difference every day

Making a difference every day

During the past year, St. Jude volunteers donated 44,477 hours to the hospital, which is the equivalent of 22 full-time employees.