Music Therapy

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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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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