Meet Our Music Therapists
Take a look at our music therapists’ bios to learn a little bit more about the therapist who may work with your child.
Elizabeth Klinger, MA, MT-BC, helped begin the hospital’s music therapy program in 2006. Since then, she has developed music therapy programming with patients in the PICU, NICU, cardiac care, pulmonary habilitation and palliative care. She serves as the music therapy internship coordinator and helps supervise students who provide music therapy in many other areas of the hospital.
Elizabeth received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in music therapy from Western Illinois University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who has worked previously in a local hospice and school for children with autism. Elizabeth has received additional music therapy training in end-of-life care and NICU-based practices.
Rachel Epley, MM, MT-BC, joined the hospital’s music therapy team in 2015, providing music therapy to hematology/oncology, neurology, transplant, and pulmonary care patients. In previous years, she worked with adult and pediatric hospice and palliative care patients in Chicago and surrounding areas.
Rachel received a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Illinois State University, a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Ohio State University. Prior to becoming a music therapist, Rachel directed arts education programs at elementary schools, symphony orchestras and community music schools, and taught trumpet at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.