Music Therapy in the NICU

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 5:00pm

This continuing education workshop for Music Therapy professionals will review how to design and implement evidence-based live music therapy methods to meet the health needs of infants in the NICU.

Pre-registration is required. Registration must be received by Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Check-In begins Saturday at 8:30am with sessions ending at 5pm, and sessions begin Sunday at 9am until 5:15pm. Participants must attend both full days to receive CMTE credit. 


About the Course

  • This 2-day course will review normal infant development, with an emphasis on neurological and hearing development, the effects of premature birth and opioid exposure in utero on infant development.
  • Participants will learn, and have the opportunity to demonstrate evidence-based live music therapy methods that can be used to address respiratory, sleep, feeding and self-regulatory difficulties.
  • Participants will also learn how to create lullabies that meet the cultural, developmental, physical and emotional needs of the infant and family.
  • This training is based on the principles of the Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby training.

About the Instructor

Dr. Kathleen M. Murphy, PhD, MT-BC is the Coordinator of Music Therapy at Loyola University. She is a clinician, supervisor, and researcher with over 30 years of clinical experience in healthcare and educational institutions. She has authored book chapters and journal articles and is the associate editor of Music Therapy Research, (3rd Edition). Her research interests are focused on music therapy in substance dependence treatment across the life span and post-traumatic stress disorder.