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Music Therapy Program

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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Your help is needed to raise $30,000 for Spectrum Health, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Music Therapy programs!  Music therapy is 100 percent funded by your donations. Your gift today ensures this program is available for years to come. Give the gift of tunes today, before time runs out.

Learn More About our Music Therapists

In the hospital setting, music therapy is used to:

  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Manage pain and discomfort 
  • Increase feelings of control
  • Provide sensory stimulation 
  • Promote self-expression
  • Encourage compliance with treatment
  • Improve coping skills

It also provides the unique possibility to involve the whole family in a way that promotes bonding, relaxation, and meaningful time spent together. 


Music therapists design specific interventions to meet the interests and unique needs of each patient. Interventions utilized in the children’s hospital include:

  • Singing
  • Playing instruments
  • Songwriting
  • Adapted instrument lessons
  • Movement to music
  • Recording projects 
  • Audio mixing