'This book teaches, provides painful insight, and creates awareness and empathy for the patients, families, and caregivers who are living and working every day within a framework of tragedy. This book is also great entertainment. You will laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously, throughout your reading.' - From the Foreword by Kay Roskam, Board Certified Music Therapist Filling a Need While Making Some Noise is an inspiring and engaging nuts-and-bolts guide for music therapists who are interested in working in pediatrics. Kathy Lorenzato paints a vivid picture of what it's like to work, as a member of support staff in a teaching hospital, with children and families who are facing tremendous health challenges, and for whom music therapy is part of their treatment or recovery plan. She explains the beneficial effects of music therapy on children with physical or mental illness and offers many helpful suggestions and background information on practicing music therapy in a hospital environment, the kinds of instruments to use and how to work successfully with medical staff and how music therapists can help their patients' families to cope with the hospital experience.
Lorenzato also describes the therapy programs she designed to complement the treatment of and recovery from specific medical conditions she has encountered, from cancer to trauma caused by child abuse. This book will be an invaluable resource for music therapists, both newly qualified and experienced, members of the medical and childcare professions and students in these fields.