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Music Therapy

Steve Scher
02/24/2011 at 9:00 a.m.

People with neurological disorders that prevent talking or moving, are often able to sing or dance. Doctors and therapists have been harnessing this power of music for many years. Music therapy has also helped lessen the pain of cancer patients, and calm behaviorally challenged adolescents or those with autism. KUOW's Steve Scher talks with some music therapists about their profession today.


Dr. Deforia Lane is the resident director of music therapy at the Cleveland Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals and at the Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. She received the first grant from the American Cancer Society to investigate the therapeutic effects of music on oncology patients.

David Knott is a music therapist at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Patti Catalano is a music therapist at Music Works NW in Bellevue. Her area of specialty is neurologic music therapy. She also serves as the Chair of the Washington State Task Force working with the national American Music Therapy Association on government relations in Washington state.

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