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date: 30 November 2021

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This chapter provides information about music therapy practice with children receiving care in a hospital, including information about music therapy service development in new settings. Music therapy offers opportunities for children and their families to be supported while undergoing difficult experiences following an injury or during an illness. Children with life-limiting conditions, and with chronic illness are also treated in hospitals, and can benefit from specialized support and help to cope with their circumstances. Music therapy can be provided to address treatment goals relating to psychosocial care, rehabilitation, pain management, developmental skill attainment, palliative care, and family issues. Music therapists use music improvisation, song singing, instrumental playing, music listening, and music composition, particularly song writing, to support young patients and their families. There is an emerging evidence base to support the role of music therapy as helpful to children and families needing support to cope with hospitalization and treatments.

Keywords: music and hospitals, music therapy for sick children, pain management using music, music therapy in psychosocial care, music therapy in medicine

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