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Prospect resident picked to start program at St. Jude’s

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By Alix Mattingly

A new job is music to Amy Love’s ears.

The Prospect resident was recently hired by St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., to begin a music therapy program.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was opened in 1962 with “a mission to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment” according to the organization’s website. The hospital was number one on Forbes’s “The 25 Companies Where Top Millennials Most Want to Work” and its goals fall in line with Love’s ambitions.

“I’ve always been really passionate about how music therapy can really help children in hospitals,” Love said.

Research has shown that music therapy can lower heart rates, increase oxygen levels, allow for emotional expression and provide stress relief for patients and their families, Love said.

“Parents can have a normal moment with their children,” Love said.

Music therapy is a lot like occupational therapy, Love said. It can have both musical and non-musical goals like learning to play an instrument or increasing range of motion. Love pointed out music therapy is not only for children. Elderly and special needs clients benefit as well, she said.

The North Oldham High School graduate began her music career in her middle school choir room. She went on to participate in show choir and musicals in high school. It was Love’s high school music teacher, Gordon Crawford, that gave Love the confidence to pursue a career in music.

Love went on to attend the University of Dayton where she earned her Bachelor of Music Therapy.

After an internship with Nationwide Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Love knew she had found her passion in pediatric music therapy.

“It was the best six months of my life, so far,” Love said about her internship.

Now in the master’s program at St. Mary of the Woods College, Love will be starting her new job while finishing up her degree.

Love’s father, Rick Love, said he is proud of his daughter’s accomplishments.

“I think it’s awesome. I mean, what a great opportunity, not only to get a job at a prestigious hospital but to start her own program,” Rick Love said.

Love said she is ready to build the music therapy program at St. Jude. The program will offer both inpatient and outpatient services. Love, who currently works at Louisville Music Therapy, will begin her new job in late January.

“I’m really excited to pioneer and advocate for our profession,” Love said.

Email us about this story at amattingly@oldhamera.com.