Music Therapy

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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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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