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Therapeutic Applications of Music in Pediatric Pain Management


Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, MT-BC, LCAT 
Rebecca Loveszy, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, CCLS
Suzanne Tribe, MA, MT-BC
Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MA, MT-BC

Monday, July 13, 2015 (6 credits)
9:00am - 12:00pm (including one 15 minute break)
1:00pm - 4:00pm (including one 15 minute break)


CMTE Credits Available To Music Therapists

The 2015 IMNF Summer Institute is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 12 Continuing Music Education Credits (CMTEs).  The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), #P-120 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Understanding and treating pediatric pain can be challenging. Although there are pharmacological options, these do not address all aspects of the pain experience and can sometimes cause side effects that negatively impact a child's quality of life. Increasingly non-pharmacologic approaches such as music- and sound-based interventions have been researched and applied with good results.   Music therapy professionals have explored music- and sound-based clinical applications for many years and have now developed best practices.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

Demonstrate, as per course eval, acquired knowledge of current neuroscience research about pain mechanisms

Understand how music therapy techniques can mediate pain response in children

Identify 2 ways this knowledge can be applied in MT within pediatric pain management

Identify 2 ways this knowledge can  inform therapeutic uses of music in pediatric pain management by non MT health care professionals


There are no pre-requisite necessary for this course.

Number of CMTE’S Offered

6 credits

Course Schedule and Format

This is a lecture course for a duration of 7hours from 9 AM - 4pm including breaks as follows:

9 –  10:00 Introductions & lecture: Tomaino -The neuroscience of music and pain perception;
-Biomedical research of music therapy in pain management
10:00 – 11:00 Music therapy approaches to pediatric pain- part 1
11:00 - 11:15 break
11:15 - 12:15  Music therapy approaches to pediatric pain- part 2
12:15 - 1:15  LUNCH
1:15: 2:15  Drumming and rhythmic techniques Part 1
2:15 - 2:30 break
2:30 - 3:30 Drumming and rhythmic techniques part 2
3:30 - 4 PM Final discussion and course evaluation


This is part of the IMNF's Summer Institute 2015. Click here for the full schedule.

Course Cost

Thanks to the Each One Counts Foundation, this year's workshop is offered at no charge to participants, except for a $50 nonrefundable registration fee to hold your seat. Space is limited; we will not hold seats without full payment of the registration fee by check, money order or credit card.

Registration closes on June 30, 2015.

Lunch is not included. Within walking distance of the venue, you will find a variety of places you can go to for lunch, or you may bring your own. Suggestions for local lodging will be provided upon request.
For more information or to register, call (718) 519-5880 or email imnf@centerlight.org. You may also download our registration form by   clicking here (PDF, 38KB).

Cancellation and Refund Policy

This is a non-refundable event. Please submit any cancellation requests before July 6, 2015 so that your seat can be offered to our wait-list.