Music Therapy for Adults

At the Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy, geriatrics patients receive a variety services in order to best address the diverse needs of this large population base. These services are offered on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, and are currently comprised of work in following care units:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation, which offers music therapy as a complementary approach to achieve shared goals in the facilitation of patient health and well being through Music for Cardiac Advances in Rehabilitation (CAIR). This program is provided in collaboration with the Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Health
  • Family Medicine, which offers complementary services to medical treatment for all members of the family unit, including children through geriatrics, coping with a wide range of medical and psychosocial needs
  • Inpatient and outpatients services for adults with HIV/AIDS, which provides inpatient care in collaboration with many treatment teams within Mount Sinai and outpatient care offered through the Mapplethorpe residence located in Beth Israel's Petrie Campus. Additional Inpatient Services, which service other adult through geriatric patients, and support individuals referred for music therapy consultation based on a variety of medical and psychosocial needs, including pre/post-operative care, psychiatry, neurology, rehabilitation, general and internal medicine
  • Maternity, which offers individual and group sessions for expectant and new parents, families, and caregivers, along with newborns, and includes live music experiences as well as parent education in the uses of music to support newborns
  • Musicians and Performers, will provide special services to musicians and performing artists in New York City and the surrounding area
  • Oncology, designed to address physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families on the inpatient unit who are coping with symptoms of disease, treatment and hospitalization related to potentially life-threatening cancers
  • Orthopedic Surgery offers music therapy as a complementary service to medical treatment for issues related to congenital, acute and chronic spinal disorders, and post-operative pain. Services on this unit address the needs of patients, families and staff through individual, group and environmentally-based music therapy sessions
  • Pain Medicine & Palliative Care, which offers services for adult through geriatric patients on various units at Beth Israel. The music therapy team works in conjunction with both the Pain Consult and Palliative Care Consults teams through the Department of Pain Medicine & Palliative Care to offer interdisciplinary care in the form of daily sessions for patients having a variety of diagnoses
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation, also through collaboration with the Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Health, offers music therapy treatment as a complementary approach to achieving treatment goals and wellness through Music for Advances in Respiration (AIR)
  • Respiratory Step-down Unit, which offers music therapy to support patients on mechanical ventilation as well as family and staff on the unit
  • Several Intensive Care Units (ICU's) within Mount Sinai receive services provided by our music therapy team, including the Surgical ICU, Medical ICU, and Cardiac Care Unit
  • Neurologic Dysfunction: Individual sessions for Stroke Survivors, Parkinson’s, Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients utilize live rhythmic interventions and/or incorporate singing to enhance speech, and motor mechanisms. Our Stroke choir is FREE and meets Monday evenings from 5-6PM.

View video of the choir here