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St. David’s Children’s Hospital has teamed up with local musicians to become the first facility in Texas to launch a therapeutic bedside music medicine program for hospitalized kids and teens through MyMusicRx. The program is tailored to each patient’s needs, complementing the hospital’s child life program.

“As caregivers in Austin, the ‘Live Music Capital of the World,’ incorporating the healing power of music into the care we provide to children is a natural fit,” Misty Rowlinson, director of St. David’s Children’s Hospital, said. “The smile you see on a child’s face when they interact with music is priceless. We look forward to seeing many more smiles.”

Research has shown that music therapy can reduce stress, anxiety and the perception of pain in hospitalized kids of all ages and with varied diagnoses. To participate, local volunteer musicians must undergo specialized training to learn the most effective music medicine techniques for children, teens and their families. The musicians play and teach music at the bedsides of pediatric patients. Children can sing-along, interact with high-quality instruments, and explore music games and apps on a computer tablet.

MyMusicRx is the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA), a pioneer and leader in personalizing music medicine experiences to create transformative moments of joy for kids facing cancer and severe illness.

Learn more about MyMusicRx from KXAN.

Spectrum News also interviewed Misty Rowlinson, director of St. David’s Children’s Hospital, about the program’s launch.

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