Documentary Portrays Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer Program

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Public Television Film Highlights the Power of Music Therapy in Pediatric Care

With the intention of raising awareness about music therapy in general and pediatric care specifically, a 30-minute documentary titled Kids Rock Cancer has been made available to Public Television and other non-commercial stations in St. Louis, Mo., and throughout the United States. A service initiative of the music therapy program at Maryville University, Kids Rock Cancer is a powerful example of how this therapy can help children manage the physical and emotional trauma of cancer in their lives.

The documentary will be distributed to Public Television stations across America via satellite on Wednesday, March 25. Nearly 100 public television stations have already expressed interest in broadcasting the documentary in their metropolitan areas.

Click here to view a trailer of the documentary and visit for more information.

The film reflects collaboration between HEC-TV in St. Louis and WEDU-TV in Tampa, Fla. Narrated by nationally acclaimed broadcaster Bob Costas, the documentary tells the story of Kids Rock Cancer through interviews and footage featuring children and families who have benefited from the program.

Kids Rock Cancer has served more than 450 pediatric cancer patients throughout the St. Louis community since it began in 2009. It is available free of charge to children with cancer and other blood disorders—as well as their family members. The service is also provided to children with a close family member who is battling cancer. While overseen by Maryville, the program itself is sustained by donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.

A unique and successful music therapy program, Kids Rock Cancer offers children 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, including a laptop computer, guitar and/or keyboard. In one or two sessions of an hour or more, she helps the child express a set of thoughts and ideas that will become lyrics for a song. Working together, they compose 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.

About Maryville University’s Music Therapy Program
Maryville University offers the only music therapy degree program in the St. Louis area. Established in 1972, the program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and fully approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Students complete 1,200 hours of supervised experience, overseen by one of the 150 certified professionals in St. Louis. After graduation, they take a national board exam to earn the certification of Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC).

About Maryville University
Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a selective, comprehensive, and nationally ranked private institution with an enrollment of nearly 6,000 students. Maryville offers more than 75 degrees at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 32 countries. Consistently ranked as a top private school by Forbes and Kiplinger’s, in 2012 and 2013, Maryville was named the No. 1 Overperforming University in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Maryville’s athletics teams compete at the Division II level in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Media Contact:
Cynthia Briggs, PsyD, MT-BC
Director, Music Therapy Program
Maryville University

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