Music therapy

"The World is Sound" – the song of birds, the rushing of wind and water, the rhythm of the seasons, the sound of voices – noises, melodies, sounds, rhythms exert their effect in and on us throughout our lives.

Music therapy uses music and silence specifically to promote, maintain or regain emotional, mental and physical health. You don't need to be able to play an instrument or read music. "It's not just technique or knowledge but hands and feet, impulses from the heart, that make music."

Music therapy is a recognized form of therapy designed to promote self-expression and is offered to complement the other supportive activities available at the hospital.

For whom is this therapy designed?

  • All patients being treated at Claraspital on an in-patient or out-patient basis
  • In some instances also patient's relatives and children and people close to them
  • You don't need any musical experience or skills to participate

When is music therapy used?

  • To treat pain
  • Anxiety
  • Desperation
  • Anger
  • Mourning
  • Depressive states
  • Social withdrawal
  • For relaxation
  • To cope with a disease
  • To promote development processes

Music therapy focuses on the development of individual resources and creativity. It activates the healthy elements within the individual and expands his resources, his ability to treat himself with care and to find a path to his emotions.

How is music therapy carried out?

  • Usually on an individual basis
  • Also in small groups as required

A wide variety of instruments (sound bed, gong, drums, kantele, piano etc.) are available.

Music as a form of expression – in active music therapy you play the music and the therapist assists you and supports you. Melodies, rhythms and sounds often develop spontaneously, out of the context.

Music as an impression – in receptive music therapy you listen. The therapist plays for you, or we listen to specially selected music together.

Every aspect of humanity can be found in music. We can use it to express ourselves and to resonate with feelings such as joy, happiness, sadness, anger, loneliness etc. Things that are weighing you down become lighter, things that are giving you pleasure are intensified.

Conversation gives depth to your musical experience, integrates it and makes you aware of it.

Where is music therapy carried out?

  • In the music therapy room on the 3rd floor east or on the ward in the patient's room


  • by a doctor
  • by the nurses
  • by the psycho-oncology team
  • talk directly to the doctor or nursing team responsible for you.

"Music therapy not only rouses gloomy tones and plaintive sounds; it also revives former strength, dissipated enjoyment, laughter, the courage to long for something and to dare to be tender."  Gertrud Katja Loos, pioneer of music therapy


Contact Claraspital

Our business hours run from Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Outside the phone times our reception is manned around the clock.


T: 061 685 85 85