Filling a Need While Making Some Noise: A Music Therapist's Guide to Pediatrics

Front Cover
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Nov 2, 2005 - Psychology - 144 pages

This book teaches, provides painful insight, and creates awareness and empathy for the patients, families, and caregivers who are living and working every day within a framework of tragedy. This book is also great entertainment. You will laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously, throughout your reading.'

- From the Foreword by Kay Roskam, Board Certified Music Therapist

Filling a Need While Making Some Noise is an inspiring and engaging nuts-and-bolts guide for music therapists who are interested in working in pediatrics.

Kathy Lorenzato paints a vivid picture of what it's like to work, as a member of support staff in a teaching hospital, with children and families who are facing tremendous health challenges, and for whom music therapy is part of their treatment or recovery plan. She explains the beneficial effects of music therapy on children with physical or mental illness and offers many helpful suggestions and background information on practicing music therapy in a hospital environment, the kinds of instruments to use and how to work successfully with medical staff and how music therapists can help their patients' families to cope with the hospital experience. Lorenzato also describes the therapy programs she designed to complement the treatment of and recovery from specific medical conditions she has encountered, from cancer to trauma caused by child abuse.

This book will be an invaluable resource for music therapists, both newly qualified and experienced, members of the medical and childcare professions and students in these fields.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


1 The Gospel According to Me
2 Is All this Noise Necessary You Betcha
3 The Group Experience
4 The Importance of Being Staff
5 Getting Specific in the Acute Medical Setting
6 Tools of the Trade
7 Welcome to the Broken Hearts Club
8 The Art of the Family
11 Complaint Department
12 Grand Finale Finally
Further Reading
Song Books
Commonly Used Medical Abbreviations

9 Critical Care Units
10 There Are All Kinds of Suffering

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 5 - ... watched Ken rather skeptically for a moment, and then her face began to melt and contort like his, and she went to his side and bent down to lift him up — lifted up this white rag doll, this scarecrow. She held him next to her, draped over and against her like a child while they sang. And it pierced me. I can't imagine anything but music that could have brought about this alchemy. Maybe it's because music is about as physical as it gets: your essential rhythm is your heartbeat; your essential...
Page 2 - Music Therapy Research and Practice in Medicine From Out of the Silence David Aldridge ISBN 1 85302...
Page 14 - A note on the text To protect the confidentiality of my patients and their families, all of their names have been changed.

About the author (2005)

Kathy Irvine Lorenzato earned a degree in piano performance before she learned about music therapy and realized she needed more than life in a practice room could offer. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1981 with a certificate of music therapy. Upon moving to Davis, she found no work available in music therapy so she took a job typing in the basement of UC Davis Medical Center. Eventually she convinced Pediatrics to give her a home, and has been happily working there for the past 17 years. Kathy is married with two remarkable and funny teenagers, and a big, orange dog.

Bibliographic information