Arts in Medicine
Arts in Medicine (AIM),part of the
Department of Child & Family Integrative Care at Covenant Children's, is a program with a mission to integrate the creative and expressive arts into the hospital setting to enhance recovery, stimulate a healing environment, and improve the patient and family experience. The AIM program includes music therapy as well as an artist volunteer program with specialties in music, art, creative writing, and drama. Click one of the areas below to explore our AIM program:
Christine Neugebauer, MS, MT-BC, LPC
Music Therapist & Program Administrator
Christine is currently the administrator of Child & Family Integrative Care at Covenant Children's Hospital in Lubbock, TX where she manages the
Arts in Medicine and
Child Life programs. She is also a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She has over 20 years experience working in pediatric medical settings as a music therapist clinician, clinical educator, and researcher.
Jeanine Wheeler, MT-BC
Originally from Michigan, Jeanine comes to Covenant after eight years in Central Kentucky, where she worked as a music therapist in pediatric medical and special education settings. When she is not offering music therapy services to the patients and families of Covenant Children's Hospital, she teaches private lessons and performs in Abilene.
Music Therapy is an evidence-based clinical treatment approach using music, musical elements, and the therapeutic relationship to address neuro-developmental, emotional, social, physical, and cognitive goals. Music therapists receive specialized training at a music therapy degree program, complete a supervised internship, and take a national board certification exam. At Covenant Children's Hospital, music therapy is provided on the antepartum unit, NICU, PICU and general pediatrics unit. To learn more about the profession of music therapy, please contact the American Music Therapy Association: www.musictherapy.org.
Part of the music therapy program, Storyteller's Studio is a safe and supportive space to be creative, express feelings, or just have fun. The music and songwriting recording studio has musical instruments to play and explore including guitars, ukuleles, keyboard, and an electric drum kit. A music therapist assists patients to improvise music, write original songs or record their own CD to take home.
Artist Volunteers are trained and supervised by the program administrator and have backgrounds in visual arts, music, creative writing, and theater and provide creative arts experiences to children and families at the bedside or in activity rooms such as Teen Town and the Family Resource Center. Arts experiences are designed to promote a sense of well-being and improve the hospital experience. Creative arts experiences include:
- Poetry writing
- Writing short stories
- Relaxing to live music played at the bedside (e.g., keyboardist
Some artist volunteers who are musicians provide environmental music enrichment through live music played in the hospital lobby. We occasionally have a harpist who plays music specifically tailored for premature infants on our neonatal intensive care unit.
In order to volunteer as an artist with Covenant Children's AIM program you must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Commit to at least four months of volunteer service
- Undergo successful criminal background check (provided by the hospital)
Complete and submit the Covenant Volunteer application form and the
Artist Volunteer Application.
- Submit a copy of your driver's license (required for background check)
- Complete the web-based non-employee education modules (print & sign attestation score): https://education.covhs.org/player.html
- Attend an interview session with the program administrator
- Participate in an orientation session
- Provide the following proof of health and immunization records
- Negative Tuberculin (TB) Tests
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Chicken Pox (Varicella)
- TDAP -Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis or Whooping Cough (last 10 years)
- Flu Vaccine — required during flu season
Performance Art Theater
This unique space will provide a stage for children to perform original songs, poems, stories, and other artistic expressions. In addition, the theater will provide a stage for small groups providing entertainment and performances such as puppetry, music, and magic shows. The theater will have the capability to have events shown on closed-circuit TV to children unable to leave their hospital room.
- Texas Tech University
- Texas Tech University Health Science Center
- South Plains College
- Lubbock Arts Alliance
If your organization is interested in developing a collaborative partnership, contact:
Christine Neugebauer, MS, MT-BC, LPC
Administrator, Child & Family Integrative Care
If you are interested in supporting the AIM program at Covenant Children's, please contact the Covenant Health Foundation and be sure to specify that your donation is restricted for Arts in Medicine. Donations to
Arts in Medicine will be used for art supplies, musical instruments, art performances, professional development, stipends, and special projects.
Bevin England, Development Officer
Covenant Health Foundation
The Arts in Medicine program graciously acknowledges the generosity of the following organizations for providing donations of music instruments for use in music therapy and the recording studio: