How to Use Music Therapy to Heal: Evangelyn’s Story

We are excited to share this incredible story from our music therapy team at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, which is fully funded by the Peterson Family Foundation. Click here to learn how to support our music therapy program. How Music Therapy is Making a Difference for Evangelyn Evangelyn is an 8-year-old girl who is full…

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Two New Amazing Interns at UCLA Children’s Hospital

We are happy to announce two new interns beginning their 6-month clinical internship at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital! They will be trained by our amazing Music Therapist Jenna Bollard and will contribute so much to the program. These interns increase our impact by allowing us to see more children at UCLA Mattel. Including an internship…

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Let’s Celebrate: The Shadowboxers Support Music Therapy

Patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital were recently visited by The Shadowboxers, now on tour with Justin Timberlake! The band played their music for patients, staff, and families, which perfectly supplemented the music therapy many patients receive. The Shadowboxers’ Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins and Scott Tyler visited patients’ rooms and nursing stations, and were greeted with gratitude,…

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Music Therapy Helps: How to Thrive Like Clara

Clara Jackson is a patient at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital who has greatly benefited from our music therapy services. This video shows her story with music therapy while in the Bone Marrow Treatment Unit. Due to a severely compromised immune system, children in the unit are completely isolated from their peers. This experience can lead…

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Music Therapy Gathers Brilliance: What You Need to Know

On Friday, January 19th, the Music Therapy department at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, created, organized and hosted an all-day NICU Music Therapy Lecture. This was the first NICU Music Therapy Lecture given outside of a music therapy conference, and it was such an honor to have hosted it at UCSF. After the event, UCSF hosted a…

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What An Honor! Jeff Peterson Receives Meaningful Jefferson Award

We’re proud to share that our founder, Jeff Peterson, was awarded the Bay Area Chapter Jefferson Award for his outstanding philanthropy and support of the children at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He is seen here with Jack Russi, chairman of the Jefferson Award Foundation’s board of governors. The Jefferson Awards are given to unsung local…

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Holiday Cheer: How to Help Sick Children with Music Therapy

While trees are decorated and lights are hung, many children are forced to spend the holiday season in the hospital. Their complex medical needs require intensive medical care and they are unable to return home for the holidays. The Peterson Family Foundation funds music therapy programs to lift up the spirit and support the heart,…

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Why Music Therapy? Mateo’s Story

This is Mateo with our music therapy intern Kristina after their fun Music Therapy session at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. They played with bells and his toy bear, and worked on identifying colors through play and song. Mateo’s doctor entered the room partway through the music therapy session and played along on the guitar. Mateo…

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What You Need to Know: 3 Popular Music Therapy Questions

Music therapy has been around for a very long time and there are many thoughts and opinions on the matter. With all the benefits of music therapy, especially for children, it’s imperative the general public is well-informed on the subject so they understand its importance. Keep reading for answers on common questions about music therapy,…

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