Oliver Jacobson is the full time Music Therapist for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco CA. Oliver is also involved with Bay Area Music Therapy, expanding Outpatient Music Therapy Services across the Bay Area.

Music Therapy looks at the whole child, brings forth their abilities, and provides opportunities for creative self-expression, normalization of the environment, emotional processing, and social interaction.  Music Therapy facilitates a space for the child to be a child, and express all the wonder, creativity, and inspiration they have to share with the world.

Outcomes associated with Music Therapy in the medical setting include, pain management, symptom relief, creative expression, neurologic rehabilitation (speech, motor, cognitive), stress relief, relaxation, emotional support, family support, distraction, refocusing, behavioral modification, and educational learning. By using creative music centered solutions, children here at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital are able to experience the powerful and healing qualities of music to support them on their path to recovery.

Definition of Music Therapy:

“Music therapy is the applied use of music to measurably improve people’s lives by assisting them in making positive life changes. Music therapy is the functional and scientific application of music by a trained music therapist to enhance an individual’s social, emotional, educational, and behavioral development.” (Hanser, 2013)

Works Cited:

Hanser, Suzanne. (2013) What is music therapy. In Berklee.edu. Retrieved January 6, 2013 from www.berklee.edu/departments/music_therapy.html