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Our Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is our flagship, and has been in operation since October of 2013. Since Oliver Jacobson started the program, 1,283 hospitalized children have received music therapy. Our program has now grown to a staff of three music therapists as we expand our impact throughout the hospital.

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Matt Logan MA, MT-BC

Matthew Logan completed his training at the University of Iowa and at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Since then, he has provided music therapy services in a variety of settings, from hospitals and hospice agencies to schools and private practice. He is active in regional and national music therapy associations, sitting on the Assembly of Delegates for the American Music Therapy Association and serving as the Media Relations Coordinator for the Western Region of the American Music Therapy Association. Matthew is an adjunct lecturer for the University of the Pacific, and can often be seen presenting  at local, national, and international conferences. He is inspired daily by the power of music to evoke positive change in children and adults.

 

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Brianna Negrete MM, MT-BC

Brianna Negrete grew up in Orange County and played oboe and English horn in orchestras and community ensembles. She attended California State University, Northridge for her undergraduate degree in music therapy and attended graduate school at Florida State University to earn her Master’s in music therapy. Brianna is additionally certified in NICU Music Therapy, and worked for the National Institute for Infant & Child Medical Music Therapy at Florida State University. Working with infants in the Intensive Care Nursery confirms the power of music in action with infants as young as 28 weeks old. She is inspired to empower family members to use music to help bond and engage with their child while in the hospital.

Jenny Goldhammer, Music Therapist

Jennifer Goldhammer MM, MT-BC

After receiving her M.A. in music therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, Jenny completed her clinical internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she supported children from infancy through adolescence during their hospital experience. After graduate school, she worked for three years in the greater Philadelphia area in both school and in camp settings, as well as in an outpatient private practice. In these settings, she specialized in helping children and adolescents make social connections and develop a wider range of coping skills through creative expression. Jenny believes in working closely and collaboratively with family members, educators, and other therapists to facilitate the best possible success for each client.

Music Therapy Impact

Our Music therapist work closely with the Child Life Department, Pain and Palliative Care Team, Social Work Services, and Rehab Services. Music therapy reduces pain perception, reduces anxiety/ stress, motivates and coordinates movement, supports healthy development, and provides an avenue for emotional expression in trying times. Our therapists serve all units of the hospital from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Hematology and Oncology, providing services to infants up to young adults. 1,283 patients and counting have received music therapy services.

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The Future

Help us sustain this program by donating to the Peterson Family Foundation. Our future goals include funding research studies to study the greater impact of music therapy in pediatric medicine.

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