Ann M. Hannan, MT-BC

Ann M. Hannan, MT-BC photo

Affiliate Faculty

Ann Hannan, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist and developed the first music therapy clinical program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health beginning in 2000. She has been the director of the Riley Cheer Guild and Music Therapy Programs since February 2016. With over 16 years of pediatric music therapy clinical expertise, Ann specialized in neonatal and infant intervention. She has presented at local, state, regional, and national conferences on topics such as infant development and bonding, family-centered care practices, professional collaboration, clinical service triage methods, music therapy program development, music therapy advocacy, medical ethics, and professional self-care. Ann supervises the pediatric music therapy clinicians at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana and serves on various hospital-based committees with a special focus on enhancing the hospital experience for patients, their families, and the staff who care for them. 

She completed her medical ethics fellowship in 2015 with the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics.  Ann currently serves as an at-large member on the state board for the Spina Bifida Association of Indiana and as a national advisory board member for the Ukulele Kids Club organization.


  • University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
  • Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, Ethics Fellow 2015-2016

Representative Publications

  • American Music Therapy Association.  AMTA Monograph Series; Effective Clinical Practice in Music Therapy: Medical Music Therapy for Pediatrics in Hospital Settings; Using Music to Support Medical Interventions.  Silver Spring, MD: AMTA, 2008.  Print.

  • “Everyday Ethics: Identifying the Impact of Ethical Decision-Making on the Delivery of Compassionate Clinical Care”
    ACLP Conference, Las Vegas, NV; May 27, 2017

  • “Policy as the Foundation of Leadership Legacy”
    McDonough Leadership Conference Panel at Marietta College, Marietta OH; April 1, 2017

  • “Music Therapy and Medical Humanities: Impact of Music Engagement on Wellness”
    IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN; Spring 2016; Winter 2017

  • “Trios Who Triage: Evidence-Based Caseload Prioritization in Pediatric Medical Music Therapy”
    AMTA Conference, Kansas City, KS; November 15, 2015

  • “The Science and Stories of Riley Cheer Guild Music Therapy”
    IU School of Medicine Grand Rounds, Indianapolis, IN; September 2, 2015

  • “Child Life and Music Therapy: Supporting Chronically Hospitalized Children with Developmental Delays”
    GLR of AMTA Conference, Rosemont, IL; March 29, 2014

  • “Transmediation through Digital Music Production”
    IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN; September 18, 2013

  • “Family Centered Care Music Therapy Approach to Developmental Care of Hospitalized Infants”
    GLR of AMTA Conference, Columbus, OH; April 6, 2013

  • “Music Therapy Interventions and Observations of Babies Diagnosed with NAS”
    AMTA Conference, St. Charles, IL; October 12, 2012

  • “Music Therapy in the NICU: Developing and Implementing a New Program”
    AIMT Fall Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana; September 9, 2011

  • “Therapeutic Use of Digital Music Production”
    GLR of AMTA Conference, Indianapolis, IN; March 20, 2010

  • “Multisensory Stimulation and Parent Education for Hospitalized Infants: Music Therapy and Child Life Collaboration”
    GLR of AMTA Conference, Indianapolis, IN; March 19, 2010

  • “Medical Music Therapy: Pediatrics and Adults in the Hospital Setting”
    AMTA Conference Institute, St. Louis, MO; November 19, 2008

  • “Benefits of Professional Collaboration: Incorporating Music Therapy into Multidisciplinary Co-Treatment and Consultation”
    Progressive Pediatrics Conference, Indianapolis, IN; October 5, 2006

  • “Introduction to the Function of Music Therapy within Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University Hospital”
    IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN; October 17, 2006