Thursday, March 19 at 9:30 p.m. on WEDU PBS

KIDS ROCK CANCER examines a unique St. Louis area music therapy program from the patient perspective, through children who have benefited from the program, including 7-year-old Arianna and 19-year-old Pierre. A unique and successful music therapy program, Kids Rock Cancer offers children battling cancer and other blood disorders the opportunity to express what they are experiencing through a creative and supportive intervention.

As part of the program, a certified music therapist visits pediatric cancer centers with portable musical equipment. Helping the child express a set of thoughts and ideas, they compose lyrics and a melody to complete the song. Finally, the child sings into a microphone and stars in the song he or she has written, and receives a personal CD recording as a legacy piece to keep.

Kids Rock Cancer, a collaborative effort between Maryville’s music therapy program, area hospitals and cancer support agencies, provides an outlet of emotion and expression. Music therapy is an established healthcare field that uses music to promote physical and emotional healing. Research indicates that this type of intervention—used on a regular basis as a complementary therapy along with conventional treatments—has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety, pain and nausea in cancer patients, and improve quality of life.

KIDS ROCK CANCER is narrated by nationally-renowned broadcaster Bob Costas.


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