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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The Value of Music Therapy Education and Training

When looking for the best way to support music therapy, education is an important element to further the field. The Peterson Family Foundation supports music therapy programs that provide educational opportunities for future therapists through internships and practicum. Keep reading to find out how we’re supporting the future of music therapy, and support our mission…

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Spotlight on Music Therapy and a Special Therapist

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital just released a new video highlighting the work of one of our music therapists, Jenna Bollard MA, MT-BC. The Peterson Family Foundation created the music therapy program at UCLA Mattel in September of 2016, and provides the funds to support Jenna in her important work; since the start of the program…

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What Do Certified Music Therapists Do?

The certified music therapists we work with at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital frequently use songwriting and recording with the patients to address psychosocial goals, provide an outlet for expression and empower the child to tell their story. Our therapists facilitate songwriting and recording in patient’s rooms and also in our state of the art recording…

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Exciting Update: Details About New Music Therapy Team Members

We are excited to announce two new music therapists working with the Peterson Family Foundation, Jenny Goldhammer and Cassi Crouse! Keep reading for more details about them below. Why is music therapy important? Find out here! Meet Jenny Goldhammer! Jenny Goldhammer is now working with patients in the Medical Surgical and Transitional Care units for…

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Watch the Astonishing Healing Benefits of Music Therapy

Kids engaging in music therapy.

About the Video This video was made at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and highlights the works of our two amazing music therapists: Matt Logan and Brianna Negrete. Our music therapy program at UCSF Benioff San Francisco was started in October of 2013 by Oliver Jacobson, who is now our director of development for…

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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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