Developing NICU music therapy programs in Europe

  • Coombes, E. (Speaker)
  • Christina Kalliodi (Speaker)
  • Kirsty Ormston (Speaker)
  • Anne-Greet Ravensbergen (Speaker)
  • Carla Navarro (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


The last decade has seen a growing body of literature and research focusing on music therapy in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. This includes working with premature (Bieleninik et al., 2016) and full term infants (Shoemark & Dearn, 2015), their parents (Loewy et al., 2021) and other family members during or post hospitalisation, using a variety of techniques to support goals ranging from regulating vital signs to palliative care. In many European countries, however, music therapy in neonatal units is still in its infancy or non-existent. This round table will offer experiences and reflections from six music therapists who have developed and led music therapy programs in NICUs in Estonia, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Wales where music therapy with this population has only been in existence for a short time. After brief descriptions about planning, development and content of each NICU program, we want to engage in a discussion -encouraging audience participation- that will include cultural considerations (Shoemark & Ettenberger, 2020), challenges and opportunities regarding sustainability and growth of such NICU music therapy programs in an attempt to explore new directions and possibilities for NICU music therapy work.
Period9 Jun 2022
Event titleThe 12th European Music Therapy Conference: Music Therapy in Progress: Please Disturb
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Music Therapy
  • NICU
  • Europe
  • Development