Music Therapy

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, is launching one of the country’s first statewide partnerships using creative arts therapies to support the well-being and resiliency of health care workers. 

HAP’s Music Therapy Collaborative

HAP’s Music Therapy Collaborative will provide eligible hospitals with an opportunity to support the resiliency and well-being of their workforce through music therapy.

Selected hospitals will work directly with board certified music therapists to design programs specific to their hospital’s needs. Programs will be focused on and benefit the health and well-being of the health care workers who have been on the front lines of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HAP is the lead facilitator and will manage the initiative. The collaborative will be initiated in three phases with phase 1 currently in progress. Upon the completion of phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 will be developed and made available to hospitals across Pennsylvania.

Program applications will be processed by the Pennsylvania Music Therapy Task Force, and HAP will then award $25,000 grants to five eligible hospitals in each phase of the program.

Music therapy: Health care workers participating in music therapy program
Music Therapy program at Pottstown Hospital - Tower Health.
Music therapy program staff at Jefferson
Music Therapy program Jefferson.
Phase 1 grant recipients are expected to implement their individual programs by January 2022. Hospital initiatives can serve:

  • The hospital-wide workforce
  • One unit at a time
  • One department at a time

Hospitals Selected for Phase One

December 1, 2021

Five partners have been selected to participate in the first of three planned phases of the program:

  • Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
  • Jefferson Health (program will include multiple campuses)
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Temple University Hospital - Episcopal Campus
  • Pottstown Hospital – Tower Health

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy: Young woman playing a guitar
Music Therapy program at Pottstown Hospital - Tower Health.

Music therapy involves the structured use of music and music interventions to help reduce stress and anxiety, release tension, improve mood, enhance confidence, and address other physical and mental health/emotional concerns.

Board-certified music therapists (MT-BC) select from a variety of activities when working with individuals, such as:

  • Listening to music
  • Playing an instrument
  • Writing songs
  • Using guided imagery

Music therapy can be successful with individuals of all ages and helps to address a myriad of health issues.

Caring for Pennsylvania's Health Care Workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, hospital and health care workers are reporting increased stress and anxiety, with some experiencing long-term exhaustion, depression, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. 

HAP's new Music Therapy collaborate will focus on:

  • Alleviating excessive stress and burnout among Pennsylvania's health care workers
  • Helping to build a healthy and more resilient health care work force

HAP Contacts:

With questions or for more information, contact Elizabeth (Beth) Murray, M.Ed., RN, MCHES, HN-BC, readmissions project manager, or Mary Marshall, senior director of workforce & professional development. Media inquiries should be directed to Liam Migdail, HAP's director, media relations.