Music Therapy

In partnership with Florida State University College of Music, Tallahassee Memorial offers the region’s most comprehensive music therapy program and a national training site for future music therapists. Music therapy is used to help with physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of children and adults in a clinical setting.

Music Therapy At TMH, our music therapy program is designed to meet our patients’ needs in a variety of clinical situations, such as pain management, developmental stimulation, stress reduction, etc. This program can be used for patients receiving care in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

The music therapy program is also involved in research, such as the development of the Pacifier Activated Lullaby (PAL) device to help premature babies learn how to feed with their sucking reflex.

Contact Music Therapy today at 850-431-7468.

About Music Therapy

What is Medical Music Therapy?

Medical Music Therapy is an established health profession using music and music interventions to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapists participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation and follow-up.

What is the purpose of Medical Music Therapy?

The Medical Music Therapy program at Tallahassee Memorial is a partnership with the Florida State University. The program is committed to assisting TMH in reaching its goal of becoming the healthiest community in the nation and uphold the organization’s ICARE values.

This is accomplished by:
• Providing clinical music therapy services to TMH patients.
• Serving as a national training site for music therapy interns.
• Providing training and supervision for FSU music therapy majors
in clinical practicum.
• Conducting research on innovative uses of medical music
• Providing a national model for training allied

Who Can Benefit

Anyone, whether patient or family member, can request music therapy to help with an inpatient or outpatient procedure or stay.

Music Therapists tailor interventions to address the immediate need and response of the patient. Goals for patients during music therapy sessions include to:
• Manage pain, anxiety and/or nausea
• Encourage relaxation
• Improve communication
• Enhance mood
• Increase physical activity
• Provide cognitive stimulation
• Increase sensory stimulation
• Establish reality orientation
• Normalize the environment
• Increase coping skills
• Increase quality of life
• Address other needs of patients and families


"My daughter needed an echocardiogram and she was not interested in cooperating. Brittany (Music Therapist) came into the room within a few minutes and began to sing songs. Brittany used her songs and instruments to help position my daughter's body the way the sonographer needed. Everything she did was done with kindness, cheerfulness and patience."

 "My dad had his first chomotherapy treatment for stage 4 cancer at the Center Center. No one in our immediate family was there able to be there with him... It has been a very difficuly day full of worries, anxieties and sadness. However, he sent me a few videos of music therapists who came in to play for and sit with him. He knew most of their names and had something sweet to say about each and every one of them. Your beautiful hearts, talents, time and music are always meaningful, but today you deeply touched a family and helped ment their broken hears, just a little."


Little One's Music Play

"Little Ones Music Play" groups are fun, educational and designed to teach your infant new skills in language, motor abilities and cognitive skills through music! 

What is Little Ones Music Play?

"Little Ones Music Play" groups are designed to help infants develop language, motor, and cognitive skills through interactive music activities. Musical play with mom, dad or any caregivers will also encourage bonding.

When and where are classes offered?

For children 18 - 23 months old: Every Friday at 9:30 a.m.
For infants 12 - 17 months old: Every Friday at 10:15 a.m.
For infants 6 - 11 months old: Every Friday at 11 a.m.

All groups meet at the Alexander D. Brickler, MD Women's Pavilion. Classes will last approximately 30 minutes.

The classes are not offered on holidays; feel free to call the Music Therapy office with questions at 850-431-7468.

Is there a cost and how do I sign up?

The cost to attend Little Ones Music Play is $5 per family per week, due upon arrival to the group each week. Advance payments are not accepted. Cash and checks made payable to FSU NICU MT are accepted. There is no pre-registration required to attend a class.

Who can attend "Little Ones Music Play" class?

Any infant, regardless of ability level can attend. Infants born preterm and full term are welcome. Infants can begin attending groups when they are six months old (adjusted age) and can continue coming until they reach two years of age.

How is the music content for groups decided?

Music activities are designed to target the American Academy of Pediatrics’ developmental milestones for each infant age group. Baby sign language, movement activities and cognitive activities will all be taught through music.

Directions to special parking area within the Women’s Pavilion:

Enter the new Women's Pavilion and Emergency Center parking garage from Medical Drive (accessed from Miccosukee Road or Centerville Road). After going through the gate, immediately turn left into area marked "Overflow ER Parking" (do not go up the ramp directly in front of the gate). Meet at the elevator on level L marked "Women's Pavilion Staff Access Elevator." A "Little Ones Music Play" group member will be waiting to take you up to the classroom. 

How do I know if my class is cancelled?

Check the Little Ones Music Play site for all dates and cancellations.