Music Therapy :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
Family & Volunteer Services
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-722-3635
Fax: 614-722-3641


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Music Therapy at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Music Therapy

Music therapists use music and the experiences that accompany it to accomplish non-musical goals.  Our therapists are nationally certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, and they provide individual and group sessions for patients of all ages and their families.

Patients need no prior music experience or music ability to benefit from music therapy.


Our Clinics

Nationwide Children's Hospital
Main Campus
Family and Volunteer Services
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205

Additional Information

Music therapists use music and musical experiences to work on non-musical goals. Some of these goals could be:

  • Encouraging emotional expression
  • Improving fine and gross motor skills
  • Reducing pain, anxiety, and stress
  • Increasing ability to positively cope with hospitalization and healthcare experiences
  • Improving communication
  • Providing comfort
  • Reinforcing academic skills
  • Providing opportunities for positive interaction between patients and their families


About Our Staff
Music therapists are prepared at the bachelor's and master's levels in music therapy. They are nationally certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. The music therapist at Children's Hospital provides individual and group sessions for patients of all ages and their families.

Department Highlights

C.A.L.M.: Calming Anxieties through Listening to Music

The C.A.L.M. program is a partnership between Family & Volunteer Services and the Surgery departments. Listening to music during the surgical experience may provide comfort and offer distraction from anxiety and hospital noises. Patients undergoing surgery are encouraged to bring favorite CDs and a CD player with headphones from home or borrow them from the C.A.L.M. collection. The CD players will accompany the patient throughout the surgery experience, from Pre-op to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit.

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000