Tribute to Sam Surban

Sam’s Love for Song (A Tribute) By Expressive Arts Therapies UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital This tribute is shared in honor of Samatha Surban (1/17/2006-2/10/2017). We would like to honor her special spirit, strength and love for music. Sam spent time consistently participating in Music Therapy sessions while receiving treatment at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Sam…

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Jeff Peterson Wins Jefferson Award for Music Therapy Advocacy

Jeff Peterson and a guitar posing for the Jefferson Award.

We are excited to announce that President and Founder of the Peterson Family Foundation, Jeff Peterson, won the Jefferson Award from San Francisco CBS-TV! He was honored for his work in establishing and promoting music therapy for children in Bay Area hospitals. The Jefferson Award is bestowed upon individuals making a difference in their neighborhood.…

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Why the Foundation Supports Music Therapy

Since starting our blog almost a year ago we have gone over topics ranging from the power of music therapy to its history, but the one thing we have yet to share is our ‘why,’ the reason the Peterson Family Foundation loves this therapy option and chose to support it and become global advocates. A…

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Music Therapy Hospitals We Support

“As you know, music therapy provides our young patients with a unique source of comfort and strength. [The Peterson Family Foundation’s] partnership ensures that many more children will experience its profound benefits, and as the program gains recognition, it will inspire widespread appreciation for music therapy. I am grateful that you share our dedication to…

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4 Amazing Articles You Need to Read about Music Therapy

With so many resources on the web to get information, it can be hard to wade through them all to find the gems. The Peterson Family Foundation is passionate about helping children through the use of music therapy. With this in mind, we have scoured the internet and found 4 easy to read articles that…

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How to Use Music Therapy to Help in a Variety of Health Problems

At the Peterson Family Foundation, we are focused on funding music therapy programs across the nation and around the world. We believe in supporting programs that use music to aid in a child’s recovery while in the hospital. Research has proven that music therapy has known to provide physical and mental relief and benefits for…

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Music Therapy Advocates and Ways You Can Support

Music therapy is a burgeoning, evidenced-based approach to healing and nurturing patients with varied illnesses. At the Peterson Family Foundation, we support music therapy nationally and internationally including programs at: Benioff Children’s Hospital at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center Mattel Children’s Hospital at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Lucille Packard Children’s…

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4 Extremely Helpful Music Therapy Resources You Need to Know About

Have you wondered where to turn for information about music therapy? Look no more. We have scoured the internet to bring you four websites that are sure to answer any question you may have about music therapy. Continue reading to find out what they are. 4 Music Therapy Resources American Music Therapy Association MusicTherapy.org is…

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Ukulele Music Therapy Session and Donation

Her mother was amazed. Her jaw dropped and she said “it’s like magic. Music therapy awakened her imagination and creativity. This is the first time that she has smiled let alone spoke, sang and played while at the hospital. She’s been afraid of all the hospital staff and the only times she had been calm…

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