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Music Therapy

Music therapists work with children of all ages and their families to create individualized interventions that may address chronic pain, physical rehabilitation, psychiatric symptoms, end of life, procedural support, and coping with hospitalization and disease.

If your child has special medical, developmental or social needs, our board-certified music therapists can create a non-threatening, non-invasive program to help him or her better cope with being in the hospital.

Referrals to music therapy can be made by anyone on your healthcare team. Music therapy interventions may provide opportunities for:

  • Emotional support
  • Procedural support
  • Fine and gross motor development
  • Pain/anxiety management
  • Normalization of environment
  • Socialization
  • Legacy creation/memory building
  • Developmental support
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Caregiver support
  • Coping
  • Self-expression and awareness
  • Meaningful and positive family moments

Music therapists work as part of the interdisciplinary team to support patients in a holistic manner and design music therapy objectives relevant to each patient’s medical diagnoses, course of treatment, and discharge timeline.

Our board-certified music therapists (MT-BC) have completed both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music therapy, over 1,200 clinical hours, and passed a national exam administered by the certification board for music therapists (CBMT).

Julian T. Fouce Fund

Supported by the Julian T. Fouce Fund the Music Therapy Program at Children’s Hopsital was made possible in 2005 by Tom and Maria Fouce in memory of their son, Julian. He was a great lover of music who passed away that same year.

Our Music Therapists

Music therapy internship

We are revising our internship program and are not currently accepting applicants. We do not have a date set to relaunch the program. Please continue to check here for updates.


Our music volunteers train with our music therapists in order to learn how to interact with patients and families. They will engage your child in music technology apps that promote normalization and socialization in the hospital. For more information please visit the volunteer page.

Community partnerships

Many great Nashville-based artists lent their talents to the Everybody Has a Story project. Patients wrote their own songs during music therapy sessions with prior music therapist Jenny Plume, M.A., MT-BC.

Everybody Has a Story

Artists Kix Brooks, Melinda Doolittle, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Alison Krauss, Maura O'Connell, Johnny Reid, SHEL and Phil Vassar breathe life into songs written by patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Everybody Has A Story is a selection of songs written by patients over the past six years, each song the result of a clinical music therapy session involving the patient and music therapist Jenny Plume.