Music therapy

Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, providing emotional support and an outlet for nonverbal or verbal expression of feelings for patients and their families.

Reasons to consult the music therapist

  • Depression, anxiety, or difficulty coping
  • Non-pharmacological pain management
  • Promote physical rehabilitation
  • Manage stress
  • Changes to body
  • Change in mood
  • End of life

Ages: 32 weeks to adult
Days offered: Monday through Friday
Units covered: Our Music Therapists support kids and families receiving inpatient care at Children’s Wisconsin’s main campus. Please connect with your treatment team to learn if Music Therapy is available on the unit on which your child is receiving care.

Children’s Wisconsin music therapy internship

Thank you for your interest in an internship at Children’s Wisconsin! The internship is a vital piece of one’s education. At Children's Wisconsin, the intern can expect opportunities to observe, co-lead, and lead individual and group sessions. The intern will become part of the treatment team, collaborating with occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, Psychology, chaplains, and child life specialists. Interns will learn how to utilize music to assess and address the needs of infants, school aged children, teens, and caregivers.

This internship is full time/40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, with potential for some evenings and weekends.

View the general internship information.


  • Prospective interns must be enrolled in an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) undergraduate and graduate program.
  • Knowledge of psychosocial issues related to illness and hospitalization
  • Learn more about our entry level requirements.

Application process:

We accept one intern per year, starting in September.

Applications due December 1st, prior to preferred September start date.

View the application requirements.

We request all applications be submitted via email, please contact us for accommodations on submission format.

For additional information please email:

View the American Music Therapy Association to become a music therapist.

Katie Muir
Katie Muir, MT-BC

Melissa Neitzel, MT-BC, NICU-MT, NMT
Melissa Neitzel, MT-BC, NICU-MT, NMT

Halle Nick, MME, MT-BC
Halle Nick, MME, MT-BC

Caitlin Taylor
Caitlin Taylor, MT-BC

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Resources for becoming a music therapist can be found here:
American Music Therapy Association

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