Miller Children’s Hospital Teamed With Children’s Music Fund for First “Hospital Concert”

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Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach patient, Kevin, plays the drum during a “jam session” led by members of the Children’s Music Fund.

Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach hit a high note when it teamed up with the Children’s Music Fund (“CMF”) for “Let’s Jam!,” bringing the first full “hospital concert” to hospitalized patients. The Children’s Music Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide musical instruments and music therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic and life-altering illnesses, and to support research on the effects of music therapy through creating an afternoon of high energy and interactive music to patients at Miller Children’s.

Armando, Miller Children’s patient plays a tambourine during Let’s Jam!

Music therapy soothes hospitalized children and their families with the healing power of signing, playing instruments and writing songs. Research shows that listening to music lowers blood pressure, promotes a more positive state of mind, reduces stress and anxiety levels and can even help reduce pain through the release of endorphins. At Miller Children’s, a music therapist, child life specialists, and volunteers all work together to deliver bedside music therapy, group music interactions, hallway performances and an interactive mobile music cart that travels through units and playrooms.


CMF guest artist, 15-year-old Kaile Goh, a LAVA/Universal Republic Records recording artist joins Miller Children’s patients in a jam session.

CMF guest artist 15-year-old Kaile Goh, a LAVA/Universal Republic Records recording artist from Singapore, began the afternoon by performing on the Giggles Show, a Miller Children’s special, child-oriented show designed just for patients. Kaile moved to the Miller West and Hematology/Oncology Playrooms for a short performance. Vanya Green, CMF’s Director of Music Therapy and singer/multi-instrumentalist, joined in to facilitate an afternoon jam session with Miller Children’s patients and music therapists.

“Today’s hospital concert was amazing,” states Laurel Terreri, MA, MT-BC, music therapist, Miller Children’s. “Listening to music can be very soothing and therapeutic and our patients were enjoying every minute of the performances and jam sessions.”

“The Children’s Music Fund was thrilled to work with the music therapists and the Child Life team at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach for ‘Let’s Jam,’” says Vanya Green, CMF’s Director of Music Therapy and singer/multi-instrumentalist. “The jam sessions were so much fun and playing music with the children was the best part of the day.”


2 Responses to “Miller Children’s Hospital Teamed With Children’s Music Fund for First “Hospital Concert””
  1. Liz Jones says:

    Hi there!

    My name is Liz Jones, and I am a Writer, Poet, Musician and Success Educator who lives and works in Long Beach.

    My business partner and I are putting on a Business Mixer for Artists, Musicians, Actors, Comedians and Entrepreneurs at the Renaissance Hotel on the evening of Thursday, June 30th, and we are interested in donating a portion of the proceeds to Miller’s Children’s Hospital.

    How can we go about doing that?

    Please let me know!

    -Liz Jones
    (310) 654-9632

  2. Helen Dolas says:

    This is a worthwhile project and a part of the mission of Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc. (est 1981) also here in Long Beach. How can we join forces and network to bring more health and wellness to our community through the powerful dynamics of the arts. I’m a music therapist that has founded Arts & Services for Disabled,Inc. I am an Adjunct professor of Music Therapy at CSUN. I’m very interested in connecting and possible developing an awareness for Arts and Health and wellness for our community.
    Best Wishes,
    Helen Dolas, MS., MT-BC
    Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc. (562) 982-0247