Music Therapy

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Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

For more information, please contact the Program Administration Manager at (617) 355-7506 or

Our Mission

Music Therapy at Boston Children's Hospital is a clinically focused service that supports patients and families through all phases of treatment.

Music Therapy at Boston Children's Hospital

Take a look inside the joyful, healing collaboration between patients and our Music Therapists—carrying on Boston Children’s Hospital’s commitment to innovative, patient and family centered care.

Read about baby Joy and how music therapy helped her throughout her treatment for a heart defect.

Benefits of Music Therapy

Research shows that Music Therapy can be used to address the following goal areas:


  • Lower heart rate
  • Lower  blood pressure
  • Increase circulation
  • Decrease pain perception

Neurologic (Rehabilitative and Developmental)

  • Cognitive skills
  • Communication skills
  • Motor skills


  • Anxiety and stress reduction
  • Nonpharmacological management of pain and discomfort
  • Positive changes in mood and emotional state
  • Active and positive patient participation in treatment
  • Decrease length of stay

Where is Music Therapy at Boston Children's?

Music Therapy is currently being provided weekly in the following areas:

Inpatient Units

  • Cardiology, Oncology, Neurology, Intensive Care (Cardiac and Medical/Surgical), Neonatal Intensive Care, Intermediate Care Program, Surgical , General Medicine, Inpatient Psychiatry

Outpatient Units

  • Day Surgery, Pre-op Holding, Martha Eliot Health Center Day Clinic, Children’s Hospital Primary Care Clinic, Complex Care Services, Short Bowel Clinic, Neurology Clinic, Epilepsy Clinic, Emergency Department,  Dialysis, CAT/CR Infusion Center, Admitting, Waltham Infusion Center, and Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center

About Our Team

Brian Jantz


Brian Jantz, MT-BC, NMT, has been part of the Music Therapy Program at BCH since 2001. As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Brian supervises Berklee students during internship and practicum experiences at the hospital and is currently on faculty as Assistant Professor in the Music Therapy department at the college. Brian has worked with patients throughout the Greater Boston area, including other Longwood area hospitals such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Brian's specializations include adult and pediatric psychiatric settings, neurology and oncology settings, and music in special education.

Joanna Bereaud

Joanna Bereaud has been a Music Therapist at Boston Children’s Hospital since 2002. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy in 1999. She had her internship at the Kennedy Day School of the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA. Joanna is a NICU trained music therapist. Joanna supervises Berklee practicum and intern students at the hospital. Her specializations include the neonatal intensive care unit, cardiology, neurology settings and children with special needs. Joanna grew up in Poland where she studied classical voice and music education.

Dana Osterling

Dana Osterling, MT-BC, NMT has been a full-time member of the Music Therapy Program at Boston Children's since 2014. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dana has worked throughout Massachusetts and New York State, most recently for Seasons Hospice in Newton and The Children's Aid Society in Manhattan. Dana primarily works in Oncology/Hematology, but dedicates time to various other inpatient floors and outpatient clinics and specializes in Neurologic Music Therapy.

James Danna

James Danna, MT-BC, NMT joined the Music Therapy Program at Boston Children's Hospital in 2014. James has also provided music therapy services at The Jimmy Fund and Children's Commonwealth Center in Boston. Prior to providing music therapy services in Boston, James was a provider of music therapy for children with varying special needs in his home state of Rhode Island. James was an intern at Perkins School for the Blind. Learn more about James on our blog, Thriving.

Additional Music Therapy Resources

Our Music Therapy Program offers additional programs for patients, families, and students.

Referral Hours

  • Time available for nonscheduled music therapy visits.
  • Please see your Child Life Specialists or the Program Administration Manager for more details.

Student Internship Program

  • Various student internship/practicum programs are available for Music Therapy Students
  • For more information, please contact the Program Administration Manager at (617) 355-7506 or


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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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