Healing Notes Started Life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The story of Healing Notes began in 2003, when Allison Tartari, a San Diego mother of a newborn son struggling for his life against a blood disorder, happened to witness the profound impact that music therapy had on the health of another infant sharing the Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with her son.
Allison immediately advocated the use of music therapy for her own infant and rejoiced when his condition improved following treatment. Determined to enable other hospitalized children to benefit from music therapy, Allison named and founded Healing Notes as a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
From 2003 to 2009, under Allison’s leadership, Healing Notes contracted music therapy services to select patients at Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego. In 2010, Resounding Joy and Healing Notes merged. Healing Notes retained its name as a program of Resounding Joy, and to this day, provides music therapy services to pediatric patients and their families at no cost.