“When mom invited us into the hospital room for a song she said, ‘She's in a mood but you can try.’ Who could blame her with a tube in her neck and casts on both legs? She initially refused to engage or accept the rhythm shaker she was offered. Then, as we began to play and sing, she grabbed that rhythm egg and shook it with all her might. We played on as she bounced in her bed, with her mom and two nurses laughing through their tears.”

– 2015



“Though we include a number of songs in Spanish, Galveston’s Shriners Burn Hospital for Children is always challenging because of the unusually high percentage of children from Mexico and Central & South America.  This day was no different, except one of the first young patients introduced was from China – no chance she was going to understand the songs!  Once again the music spoke its own universal language, and she gave a “thumbs-up” as she shook her shaker, smiled and joined in.  Even her dad joyously participated, moving his body to the rhythm of the music.”

– 2014



“Some time ago, I worked with a trauma patient who had survived a terrible auto accident. This young boy, aged 4, lost his father, brother and sister (he was one of triplets). ‘Eddy’ had complex issues as a result of the accident, including facial lacerations, a broken femur, and internal bleeding.  He had been properly restrained, but the impact was such that his car seat was thrown from the car. Eddy was waking up the day after the accident and he was naturally not responsive to much, given the trauma.   Staff learned from mother and aunt that Eddy loved music and that he also adored frogs. During my first visit with him, I sang “I’m a Little Frog” (from HCN’s BEST I CAN BE), and for the first time he made eye contact with someone…!  It was his favorite song, and I was able to use the written lyrics plus add some of my own, to help Eddy work through some of the trauma.  He especially liked the part about what he might like to eat, and how he was feeling.  I could insert his desires and feelings right into the song.    Music therapy was about the only part of his day that Eddy liked.   I feel the song was extremely important in building a therapeutic relationship and was a launching point allowing me to provide additional meaningful therapy for him.   The song also gave the staff caring for Eddy ideas of how to talk with him while they were providing his care.  He was not able to express his feelings with words EXCEPT during the singing of this song!”

– 2013



“We recently had the opportunity to sing with a Hispanic family at a children’s hospital in Houston, TX. The little boy (Jesus) is blind and was having a tough time that day with delusions, probably due to some of his medication. We were introduced by the staff Music Therapist, who speaks fluent Spanish, and we decided to do “La Bamba”. To our surprise, Jesus began to mouth the words and then sing along with the entire song! His dad was very taken by that and kept pointing at his son’s moving lips. The father and little brother really enjoyed seeing Jesus respond as he did.”

– 2014


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