For Epstein, it’s more than just a job. She views being a music therapist as a privilege: developing real, personal relationships in the process. Epstein is in the room when pediatric patients might need encouragement to sit up or stand for the first time in weeks. She uses music to help push them through physical therapy and rehab.

“I get to give them something positive to latch onto, to be able to help them express themselves, and give them a positive coping skill,” Epstein said. “I get to be the person that helps them feel like a kid again.”

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