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28th Oct


Video: Katy Perry and CHLA’s music therapy program

Katy Perry Gets Emotional Talking About Music Therapy at CHLA: Skip to 1:00 to see her talk about the music therapy program.

Katy took the stage along with Drew Barrymore and Josh Gad at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ‘Once Upon A Time Gala’ honoring long-time supporters The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation as well as our gala sponsor and supporters of CHLA the past 30 years, the LA Kings. For a recap of the event visit:

Posted by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Monday, October 17, 2016

From the CHLA website:

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, licensed professional music therapists provide musical activities for our patients that include creating, singing, moving to and listening to music. This therapy provides ways for children to communicate and can facilitate rehabilitation.

Registered therapists work on our patient care units, in music workshops and with individual patients to provide diversions and distraction from medical stressors. The therapists and visiting musicians also use music to entertain patients. All these activities help patients deal with the stress that can be associated with illness and hospitalization. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, kids can listen to soothing music before medical procedures or surgery to help decrease anxiety.

Music therapy here at Children’s Hospital has been shown to decrease distress by 20 percent and decrease pain by approximately 10 percent. In 2007, there were 933 music therapy sessions provided at Children’s Hospital. In 2010, there were 1,731  sessions and 4,479 sessions in 2011.

For more information about music therapy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, visit the webpage for The Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program. Parents and families can ask their child’s nurse to make a referral for music therapy.

Additionally, those interested in learning more about the music therapy profession can learn more about our expressive arts therapy internship.

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