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Music Therapy


Music therapy is offered on the Paediatric Inpatient Units, Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU), Paediatric Medical Day Unit (PMDU),  Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program (CAMHCP).

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
Certified Music Therapist


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. A Certified Music Therapist uses music, within a therapeutic relationship, to support patients in improving areas of their health, functioning development 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