Thank YOU!!!

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We have a lot to be grateful for – supportive administrators, coworkers, colleagues, and friends! This is a video thanking all involved in our successful Music Therapy Grand Rounds presentation last Wednesday.

April 1st : SymphonyCares Showcase : Featuring the SLU Cancer Center!

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We are thrilled to be apart of the St Louis Symphony’s ‘SymphonyCares Showcase’ this year! They will highlight their outreach efforts in different community settings, and part of the event will recreate the ‘Day Zero’ performance of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” that two wonderful Symphony musicians gave at our BMT Clinic last December.  —- Tickets are FREE! —– Come and enjoy some excellent music and see how the St Louis Symphony impacts our community in amazing and meaningful ways.

Improving Cancer Treatment with Patient-Centered Music Therapy : An Article by the St Louis Business Health Coalition

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Click on the image below to read a fantastic article done by the St Louis Area Business Health Coalition on music therapy here at SLU!



An Article in St Louis Magazine : Music Therapy – The Benefits are Profound

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Here’s an excellent article our very own Crystal Weaver CRC, MT-BC was interviewed for! It’s a well-written explanation of the benefits of music therapy in the medical setting. Click the link below to read the article.

DAY ZERO : A celebratory performance – Article in The St Louis Post Dispatch

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One of the many perks of having an outstanding relationship with the St Louis Symphony is that you get to treat patients to unique performance opportunities. One such patient got a celebratory concert by two of SLS’s finest on his Day Zero (when a patient receives his/her first Bone Marrow Transplant).

Click the picture to take you to the St Louis Post Dispatch article highlighting the event 

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Symphony Mondays! New Season!

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We are thrilled to announce our newest season in partnership with the Saint Louis Symphony! Their fine musicians provide a welcome sensory refocus by performing cherished Classical selections for our patients in the outpatient Infusion Room. To say we are lucky to have them would be like saying “the ocean is wet” – an understatement!

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An evening of Styling, Refreshments, & Live Music @ J Crew!

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An evening of The SLU Cancer Center and J Crew host an event at the Plaza Frontenac J Crew on Thursday, Sept 11th.
—- 20% purchases of $150 or more, refreshments, hors d’ourves, and Live Music —-From 6 – 8 pm! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the SLU Cancer Center.


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Right Hand Righteousness

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It’s been a WHILE since I’ve posted a video on here, and I’M SORRY!!! Here’s a video that focuses on the importance of your rhythm hand, while teaching you the chords to an American pop classic – “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”.


Music Therapy Lunch Hour @ Crave Coffeehouse

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There are few things in this world more complimentary than relaxing music in a Coffeehouse – so we at the Music Therapy department are bringing patrons of Crave Coffeehouse free music to enhance their lunch break. Myself and our very talented intern, Christopher Bachmann, will be playing tunes from 12-1pm on Friday, August 15th. Come join us for some great music, and delicious menu options from our friends at Crave!

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Our New Intern : Christopher Bachmann

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We are thrilled to have Christopher Bachmann as our new intern!! His musical talents, professional work ethic, and genuine good nature will be put to good use here at the Cancer Center.

Here’s a short video of Christopher performing on his cello for our patients in the Outpatient BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) clinic.

Here’s a list of Christopher’s professional and performance experience :


The Presentation Slides from our Community Grand Rounds

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Click Below to get the Presentation Slides!

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Grand Rounds : SUCCESS!!!

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Crystal and I would like to thank everyone involved in the production, promotion, and attendance of our Grand Rounds event yesterday. It was so inspiring to meet everyone and to share the work that Tracie, Crystal, and I are so fortunate to be apart of. Click above for our thank you video, or the blue link below to see a portion of our Live Songwriting piece during the Grand Rounds.

Grand Rounds : Live Songwriting

A Powerpoint : Therapeutic Songwriting with a Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

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Here are the slides for Crystal and my presentation from the Midwest Regional Music Therapy Conference in Springfield, MO: SPRINGFIELD PRESENTATION


Therapeutic Songwriting in the News!

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We were lucky enough to do a Therapeutic Songwriting session with a wonderful patient for a short segment on Channel 2 News!

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Music Therapy Grand Rounds : Therapeutic Songwriting

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April 9th, 2014 from 2 – 5pm

We are thrilled to announce our latest opportunity to educate and inspire the community about Music Therapy with an upcoming Grand Rounds presentation! With Therapeutic Songwriting as our focus, the presentation will feature Crystal Weaver, CRC, MT-BC, Tracie Sandheinrich, MT-BC, and Grammy Award Nominee Andrew Dwiggins, MT-BC – describing how we and our patients collaboratively transform their experiences and emotions into song.

Why is songwriting therapeutic? How are songs for the radio different from therapeutic songs? Does a patient need to be an accomplished musician/songwriter for a session to be successful?

These and more questions will be answered by our engaging presentation: including patient interviews, session experiences, and most importantly – MUSIC!