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Music Therapy is the clinical and evidenced-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional. Music therapy consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral and/or social functioning. Because music therapy is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possible. With young children, music therapy provides a unique variety of music experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in a child’s behavior and facilitate development of his/her communication, social/emotional, sensori-motor, and/or cognitive skills.


Music therapy enhances the quality of life. It involves relationships between a qualified therapist and child; between one child and another; between child and family; and between the music and the participants. 


Music therapy helps with:

Improve Developmental Skills

Promote Self-Esteem

Manage Pain + Stress

Encourage Socialization 

Encourage Self-Expression

Encourage Communication

Build Motor Development

Stimulate Cognitive Functioning 

Improve Speech/Language Skills

“As a professional drummer, I always had aspirations of utilizing music and drumming as a therapeutic tool. The Austin Hatcher Foundation made this dream a reality when they gave me the opportunity to use music and drumming to positively impact children and their families walking through cancer. As I have drummed with patients of all ages, I have been amazed how music and drumming has broken through barriers - offering children and their families a way to communicate without every saying a word, providing children with a diversion from pain and stress surrounding their treatment, and creating an outlet for children to express themselves creatively. I count it a true privilege to be on the Austin Hatcher Foundation and Hope and Cope family support teams at the Alabama Center for childhood cancer and blood disorders, which is a partnership between the UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Children’s of Alabama.”