In this episode, MG shares with us her experience as a medical music therapist working in pediatrics. She discusses a research study that she is working on with clients in singing towards their pain instead of distracting away. She also discusses the importance of the therapeutic rapport, being humble, and perspectives as a Latin mMusic Therapist. Take a listen and enjoy!

Mariagracia Rivas Berger, MT-BC, also known as MG, was born and raised in Lima, Peru (#bilingual!) and currently lives in Northern Virginia. Mariagracia received her undergraduate in Vocal Performance and received her graduate Music Therapy studies from Shenandoah University. Mariagracia currently works in the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Children’s National in Washington, DC. In her 3 years there, she expanded the program to add a second music therapist and is leading the hospital’s first music therapy study, which is focusing on the pain and emotional wellbeing of adolescents and young adults with Sickle Cell Disease.

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Medical Music Therapy Books:
Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice in Pediatric Care
Medical Music Therapy: A Meta-Analysis & Agenda for Future Research

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