According to the American Music Therapy Association, “music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for people of all ages and abilities within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional.”

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Note: Although the activities in this toolkit were created by a music therapist for the purpose of promoting active musical engagement among families and healthcare providers with regard for the palliative care patients they serve, these activities are not a substitute for music therapy. If you have any questions about these activities, please contact your child’s health care provider.