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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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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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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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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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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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Why Is Music Important? An In-Depth Look

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono A love of music is one of the most common threads connecting us together; an enjoyment for the same band or genre of music can bond two people and form a valuable relationship. Music is also beloved when cruising down the road, blasted in…

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Learn How You Can Be an Advocate for Music Therapy

Over the last couple months we have supplied you with information about music therapy, including how it works, the history of it and some of the best books to read relating to it. Music therapy is an important tool to allowing children and teens to cope and heal from a number of medical illnesses and…

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Interesting Music Therapy Books That You Need To Read

If your child or someone you know is in the hospital fighting cancer or any other ailment, music therapy is an incredible treatment option. Along with traditional treatment plans, music therapy offers benefits for physical and mental health. Music therapy is used to aid in physical discomfort by improving respiration, lowering blood pressure, improved cardiac…

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