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Music Therapy

Thursday Wellness

Join Rogel Cancer Center’s Music Therapist, Bob Huffman, for some acoustic guitar.

Bruce Paul, our Rogel Cancer Center chaplain will offer some words of inspiration to start us off.

This easy listening is able to be enjoyed in the background for quiet work, so please sign in for an hour of replenishment if you can join us!!

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Reduce anxiety, worry and perceptions of pain

What is music therapy?

Music therapy is the use of music intervention to meet the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of an individual. Therapists are accomplished musicians and certified therapists. It is a field based on science and research.

For details on the profession of music therapy, visit the American Music Therapy Association’s website.

How can music therapy help me?

Bob Huffman has been a music therapist at Michigan Medicine for over 15 years. He explains what music therapy is and how it benefits not only patients, but caregivers and staff. Music Therapy is a free program and is part of the Patient and Family Support Services Program.

Read/download the Music for the Soul transcript.

Music therapy is non-evasive and enhances your cancer treatment plan. It may help:

  • Promote relaxation
  • Express thoughts and feelings
  • Improve quality of life
  • Enhance memory
  • Induce sleep
  • Lift mood
  • Manage Pain
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Create a legacy project during your journey

What can I expect during a music therapy session?

Every session begins with a review of your health information, treatment goals and individual plan. Then you might:

  • Move to music
  • Sing
  • Write and/or record a song
  • Play an instrument or learn to play
  • Discuss the meaning and purpose of music/songs
  • Develop music therapy strategies to manage your symptoms

What types of music therapy are offered?

  • Private sessions for inpatients take place at the bedside in your private or semi-private room. For outpatients, private sessions take place by appointment in a private room on the third floor of the Med Inn Building.
  • Infusion sessions are offered during your scheduled infusion appointment. These sessions take place chairside or bedside in any of our ambulatory infusion clinics.
  • Group sessions are available on a monthly basis. These sessions provide a safe social environment to explore music and musical elements within the therapeutic context.

Who are the music therapists?

Board certified music therapists have a bachelor’s degree or higher, attend a college approved by the American Music Therapy Association and train for 1,200 hours with patients and health care professionals. Music therapists are also accomplished musicians, often trained in guitar, piano, percussion or singing. Using the combination of musical talent and education, they enhance cancer treatment to help meet the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of an individual.


The Music Therapy program is made possible by the generous gifts of donors to Patient and Family Support Services. Make a donation.

Learn more about music therapy and the benefits of reducing stress:

updated 11.2023