Meeting the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Virtual Developmental Music Therapy Class for Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Brianna Negrete, MM, MT-BC, NICU MT


Pediatr Nurs. 2020;46(4):198-201, 206. 

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Our 'New Normal'

COVID-19 has changed the way hospital care is delivered. Although many restrictions seem onerous and will hopefully be eased as the pandemic abates, some creative solutions have emerged that could, and perhaps should, be sustained once the pandemic is over. Moving forward after COVID-19, there are benefits to having a blended schedule of in-person and virtual developmental music therapy classes. A blended schedule will enable parents who are onsite and infants who are able to leave their rooms to meet together to learn, socialize, and share. It will also provide a similar opportunity for infants who are not able to leave their rooms, and family members who are unable to be present in person, to experience shared learning and social contact in a virtual class. During a time in which "social distancing" is the new normal, there is no better feeling than to bring infants and families together using the power of online video conferencing technology and music therapy. For those interested in bringing virtual classes to their institutions, see Figure 2.

Figure 2.

Considerations for Planning Virtual Classes