Patient Care

The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy is at the national forefront of providing music therapy to complement medical treatment. The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine has outpatient programs including services for children and teens with asthma, adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease and also for musicians and performing artists.

Since 1994, music therapy has been an integral service for inpatient programs across Mount Sinai Hospitals including pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, maternity, HIV/AIDS, family medicine, pain and palliative care, oncology, spine injuries and emergency and intensive care.

Under the leadership of music therapist Dr. Joanne Loewy MT-BC, the Department is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals including music therapists who are trained to offer the most current music psychotherapy techniques in pain management, sedation, end-of-life, wellness and breathing modalities of music and healing.

At The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, we maintain the highest quality musical instruments from around the world. Our team is trained in multi-cultural music and consists of  a variety of therapists with experience in clinical improvisation, music meditation, guided visualization, African drumming techniques, song writing, and song sensitization, with background training in piano, guitar, stringed instruments, woodwinds, and voice. 

Our program has a long history of scientific research, performed with an inter-disciplinary team of health professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others. Collaborative relationships with inter-disciplinary team members are maintained through services provided to support treatment goals in all aspects of health and well-being.

Pain Week

PAINWeek is the largest US pain conference for frontline clinicians with an interest in pain management.

The annual conference presents 120+ hours of continuing medical education courses and master classes, special interest sessions, and satellite events geared toward physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, hospitalists, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals involved in pain management.

PAINWeek features an exceptional range of content on their YouTube page. Mount Sinai has the honor of featuring some our music therapists in several videos including: