The Music Therapy Program is one of the expressive therapies programs that helps to make your child’s experience more manageable, meaningful and fun.
Adam Sankowski talks about his experience with the Music Therapy Program at Mass General for Children.
Specialty: Music Therapist, Pediatrics
Education/Training: BA, Music Therapy Certification: MT-BC: Music Therapist, Board Certified
Years in practice: 11 years
Years at MGfC: 2 years
What drew you to your specialty?: I have always loved playing music in every capacity and on every instrument. I started on trumpet in 4th grade, but once I discovered the guitar in 8th grade I quickly focused on that! From the beginning I have always enjoyed the community and social aspects of playing music more than anything else. This stuck with me throughout school where I discovered the beautiful field of music therapy.
Favorite part of your job: My favorite part of my job is connecting with a child during a time when they needed it most, bringing a bit of happiness or joy into a difficult situation.
What you’d like to tell patients/family members about integrative therapies/your specialty: Music therapy is for patients of all ages at MGfC, from an infant to a teenager. If you love listening to music, then you can love to play it too. Music therapy could take the form of reducing anxiety for a young child, providing an opportunity to make a new friend while singing together, or to assist a teenager to express themselves through a song. It’s the job of the music therapist to make playing music a fun and enjoyable process, regardless of any experience. Music therapists carefully adapt and tailor the experience so that anyone can benefit from music’s intrinsic expressive, communicative and healing properties.