• «Art and music touch places in the young patients where no injection can reach.»
    Petula Clark, singer, songwriter and patron of the Fondation ART-THERAPIE

  • «Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can't.»
    Johnny Depp

  • «Music can build bridges where the spoken language cannot.»
    Valeri Gergiev, conductor and opera company director, patron oft he Fondation ART-THERAPIE

  • «In a peripheral hospital, paediatrics is like a safe harbour»
    Dr. Valdo Pezzoli, head physician at the paediatrics department in the regional hospital of Lugano

  • «Art- and music therapy allow the patient to become immerged in another world.»
    C.B., art-therapist at University Children’s Hospital Zurich

  • «It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.»
    D. W. Winnicott, English paediatrician and psychoanalyst

HFR Freiburg - Kantonsspital

Music therapy at the Centre for Integrative Paediatrics
Acute, chronic and psychosomatic disorders, new-born and premature babies

In October 2020, a music therapist joined the team to support inpatients and outpatients at the paediatric clinic based at the Fribourg cantonal hospital. The goal of this pilot project, which falls within the remit of the Centre for Integrative Paediatrics, is to use music therapy as a regular element of the clinic's complementary therapies.

Experience has shown that a combination of conventional and complementary therapies allows simultaneous treatment on several levels, thereby creating synergies which have positive effects on the healing process. Music therapy enables various symptoms and disease patterns to be treated from a different perspective. It gives injured or ill children the opportunity to express themselves through music within a safe environment and with the help of a therapist who can dedicate her time and attention to them individually.

Patients are treated directly at their hospital beds or in a therapy room. Both receptive methods (where the child, for instance, picks a song that he or she likes and then comments on it by adding pictures or emotions) and active methods (where the child creates his or her own music through vocal and instrumental improvisation with the therapist) are used.

Project leaders:

Dr. med. Benedikt Huber, Facharzt für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin

Loyse Wittwer Grandjean, dipl. Musiktherapeutin