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Music Therapy

Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within multiple domains. Through music all children, regardless of their background, ability, or illness, have the capacity to connect to the universal language of music.
About

As defined by the Canadian Association of Music Therapists, music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals (Music Therapist Accredited - MTA) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being.

Our Services

Music therapy interventions are evidenced based and customized to meet the needs of each individual patient based on their preferences, and physical and emotional state.   Music therapists are integral members of your healthcare team who strive to bring the highest quality and continuity of family-centred care.   

We offer individual and group music therapy sessions for patients at the bedside or in The Studio, speficially designed for inpatients to experience the joys of making music and creative arts. 

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Music therapy sessions involve establishing a trusting relationship with the music therapist, who will assess the patient's needs and establish relevant, and meaningful goals. 

Sessions may include:

  • songwriting
  • singing
  • listening to music
  • creating a music playlist for a procedure
  • exploring instruments
  • technology assisted composition and recording
  • learning a new instrument 
  • music assisted relaxation techniques
  • creative arts 

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Our goal is for every patient to have access to music therapy services, and for BC Children's Hospital to be a leader in music therapy innovation, research and training. 

We are grateful for community partnerships and generous donors that support the Music Therapy Program. If you'd like to make a donation to support music therapy at BC Children's Hospital, please visit BC Children's Hospital Foundation. In the space for special instructions, include a note that you'd like your donation to go to Child Life - Music Therapy. Thank you for your support!

Our team

Erin Delnea, MTA, is a certified music therapist who helped establish and develop the music therapy program at BC Children's Hospital in 2000. Today, she works in the Oncology, Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Program, supporting children and youth with cancers and blood disorders and helping them cope with the physical and emotional effects of treatment. 

edelnea@cw.bc.ca

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Carol Wiedemann, MTA, NICU-MT, is a certified music therapist who has worked at BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre since 2003. She is currently working in the Burn Program, NICU, and T6 supporting in-patients of all ages in neurology, cardiology, orthopedics, and the medical/surgical unit. Carol uses all aspects of music and evidence-based practice to support infants, children, and youth through procedures and extended hospital stays.

cwiedemann@cw.bc.ca

Brooke Angus, MTA, is a certified music therapist who joined the hospital's music therapy program in 2008. She currently works on one of the medical/surgical in-patient units as well as the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where she supports children and youth with neurological issues, special needs, and long-term, chronic diagnoses. She also co-facilitates a weekly Creative Arts group in the T6 Studio with a Certified Child Life Specialist. Within her sessions, Brooke uses a variety of instruments and musical experiences including improvisation, song-writing, music-based play, and other expressive arts. 

bangus@cw.bc.ca

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