Music Therapy

Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Temple Street
Dublin 1
Tel.:  (01) 878 4192

Location in hospital

The Music Therapy department is located in the Discharge Lounge & Snowdrop Unit on the third floor of the main hospital.

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is an evidence- based profession that uses music to help patients reach health goals. Music Therapists have specialised Masters level training in the application of music to the therapeutic process. There is a large evidence base which supports the role of Music Therapy in acute paediatric care. Music Therapists are primarily concerned with the emotional needs of the child and offer support to children and their families during the hospital admission. They use their music and therapeutic skill to help children work towards emotional, social, physical and cognitive goals. 

Music Therapists work as part of the multidisciplinary team and work both independently and jointly with Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists when deemed beneficial for the child. Sessions are family centred and focus on providing a creative way for the child to express their experience of illness, trauma and treatment. A typical session might include singing, music listening, clinical improvisation, song writing and/or musical play. No previous musical skill or knowledge is required by the child.

Names of current team members 

Alison Sweeney, Music Therapist

Clinical Services provided

The Music Therapy service in Temple Street operates on a three day per week basis and currently provides inpatient care to the following teams;

  • Neurosurgery 
  • Neurology 

The Music Therapy department also provides a service to children with life limiting illness and those receiving palliative care.

Referral process

The Music Therapy department only accepts referrals for current inpatients of Temple Street admitted under the care of the above listed specialities. 

The referral can be made by a member of the multidisciplinary team who has identified a child as a potential candidate for Music Therapy. Referral forms can be obtained on the Temple Street intranet. Consent must be obtained from parents prior to sending the referral.

Please note the service operates on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

What to expect at your outpatient appointment

The Music Therapy department does not currently operate an outpatient service.

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