Music TherapyChildren's Hospital
Music Therapy


Music therapy is offered on the Paediatric Inpatient Units, Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU), Paediatric Day Surgery, Paediatric Emergency, Paediatric Medical Day Unit (PMDU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Patients are seen by referral only. Any health professional can refer a patient to the music therapy program. Family members can also inquire with a staff member about the appropriateness of music therapy interventions during their stay in hospital.


Karina Charczuk, MMT, RP, MTA, NMT, NICU-MT

Music Therapist
Telephone: 519-685-8500, Ext 50244

Pager: 17187




About Music Therapy
How Can Music Therapy Help?
What to Expect in a Session
Links and Resources

About Music Therapy

Music therapy is a research-based practice and part of the multidisciplinary team. An Accredited Music Therapist uses music, within a therapeutic relationship, to support patients in improving areas of their health, functioning and well-being. Sessions can be individual or group. Music therapy can support any patient regardless of age, musical skill, severity of illness, ability or culture.

How Can Music Therapy Help?

Music therapy can help a patient in a variety of ways including:


  • Providing a distraction during procedures
  • Supporting pain management
  • Providing a sense of normalcy
  • Supporting coping with the hospitalization or illness
  • Providing an opportunity for self-expression
  • Encouraging verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Supporting relaxation/sleep
  • Providing developmental support
  • Supporting parent/infant bonding
  • Decreasing feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness and agitation
  • Aiding in physical and cognitive rehabilitation
  • Supporting the patient/family during end-of-life care


What to Expect in a Session

You do not need any musical skill in order to participate in music therapy. There are many activities that can take place in a music therapy session. Depending on the patient’s need, sessions can include:

  • Music listening/song sharing
  • Music-based discussion
  • Instrument playing
  • Singing
  • Song writing
  • Guided relaxation with music
  • Music-based play
  • Recording/mixing music tracks
  • Therapeutic instrumental tuition
  • Improvisation
  • Rehabilitation exercises

Links and Resources

Canadian Association for Music Therapy is the professional association for music therapists in Canada

Music Therapy Association of Ontario is the professional association for music therapists in Ontario

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario regulates Registered Psychotherapists practicing in Ontario