Music Therapy Clinical Opportunities

  During music therapy treatment, a board certified music therapist uses music-based techniques to address individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. At UK, music therapy addresses the physical and mental healthcare needs of patients across the HealthCare system. Music therapy is used to:

  • Promote wellness
  • Manage stress
  • Alleviate pain
  • Express feelings
  • Enhance memory
  • Improve communication
  • Improve coping skills
  • Promote physical rehabilitation

At UK HeatlhCare music therapy services are incoproated across the enterprise. The chart below provides an overview of medical music therapy services offered to inpatients during the spring of 2013.


In addition to inpatient medical music therapy services, music therapy is offered in Behavioral Health, The Center for Advanced Surgery, and the Kentucky Clinic as needed. UK music therapists also partner with other providers like speech language pathology to help meet the needs of UK HealthCare patients and their families.

Other opportunities are also available in the Lexington community. UK currently partners with the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, Central Music Academy, and with mUsiKcare, an older adult, piano-based wellness program.

Student Clinical Training

As part of the music therapy program, students receive both academic and clinical training. In addition to music therapy coursework, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clinical experiences. Training opportunities include observation, pre-internship practica, internship training and advanced clinical training.  Just like clinical services for patients, these opportunities are offered across the UK HealthCare system. Additional opportunities are also available in the community for students interested in areas not covered within the healthcare system.

Clinical Examples

The following clips are examples of music therapy in the media, at UK or from other permissible sources: