Bedside Music

The KEYS Program ~It's All About the Smiles~

Bedside Music Outreach 

Our amazing staff of musicians, educators and therapists have been delivering live music and big smiles to the bedside of pediatric patients for more than 20 years. Whether performing for families at a children's hospital, singing with a child undergoing chemotherapy treatments in an Oncology Unit or providing a backyard concert for a child at home in hospice care...our KEYS crew is there delivering music, comfort, hope and smiles, when kids need it the most!

What We Do

Our award-winning musicians perform uplifting songs for children that are designed to engage, inspire and entertain children of all ages. Each of our crew is skilled at adapting to each child's needs and situation to provide the best experience for each child. Along with performing popular and original songs the kids love, they involve the patients in the music-making with interactive musical activities, rhythmic fun with instruments and song-writing activities for teens. 

We just LOVE the work Music Therapists and Child Life Specialists do in the field and our program is designed to support their wonderful work by providing additional educational programming, mental health counseling support and entertainment for the pediatric patients they serve.  

Request a Visit

  • This program is available upon request for children in critical care and dependent on availability of our staff. Contact us to request a bedside visit at 315-363-6446 or email us at keysprogram@msn.com! 

Testimonials

"Thank you KEYS for all you do to bring smiles to our boys. With the unknown always a part of our life, it is so nice knowing we can always depend on the KEYS Program to bring light and smiles to our boys when we need it the most." ~parent of childhood cancer patients

"Thank you for providing the amazing concert for Hope in her final days. The backyard concert was one of the most memorable moments of Hope's life. Thank you for making her last days so special for her and for us too!" ~family of cancer patient

"We had such a blast today when the KEYS Crew visited us at Clinic! The kids are still singing songs from the performance... and still giggling... days later! We are so grateful for all you do!" ~parent of cancer patient

"WOW! Thank you KEYS for performing for us today! It was amazing and the BEST program we have ever been a part of!!! This has been a tremendously difficult time for our family but your performance today made him feel like a Rock Star! It was just what he needed...and I did too! Thank you for making him feel so special and loved and for boosting his confidence and HOPE." ~parent of cancer patient

Meet our amazing Bedside Music Outreach crew!

Donna Mucks

Donna Mucks has been sharing her amazing music to bring BIG smiles to our KEYS kids for 10 years. She is an amazing folk singer, songwriter, educator and author of the children's book, "Good Days are for Walking". Donna has a BS in Mathematics from SUNY Cortland, an MS in General Education from Elmira College. She was a Math teacher in the Rome and Adirondack School Systems, and even once a computer scientist! Donna is trained in comfort care and provides music bedside for children with serious health conditions and those in hospice and palliative care.

In 2007, she follower her heart and joined the KEYS team to share her love of music to help others heal.  She has recorded and produced 2 albums and has donated many songs to the to the KEYS Program's music outreach. She is one of our "key" staff here at KEYS (pun intended!) and part of the creative team the oversees much of the KEYS Program's Music Outreach programming. She represents the KEYS Program presenting informational workshops on the benefits of music at conferences and for groups throughout the year.

When she is not making music with our KEYS kids, she can be found performing at local coffee houses, making music with a class of giggling preschoolers,  paying tribute to veterans and Gold Star families by performing her military tribute song "For You and For Me" or getting inspiration for her songs at her beautiful home in the Adirondacks that she shares with her husband John and dog Jazzy.

Donna is available to perform for families at children's hospitals and sites in the New York, New England and Florida areas.  Contact us if you would like to have Donna present our Music Outreach program to your site at 315-363-6446 or keysprogram@msn.com. 

Katie Quick

Katie Quick is an award-winning singer/songwriter, teacher, life coach, motivational speaker and mental health counselor who has been delivering music and smiles to our KEYS kids since 2010! She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Fingertips Program, a 501c3 nonprofit school assembly which has been called, "The best school assembly in the nation." Fingertips is an engaging and inspirational assembly that combines live music with motivational speaking, encouraging students to find their passion and follow their dreams. She has presented to more than 1 million students since founding the program in 2010. As an independent artist, she spent nearly five years in Nashville and touring the world. Her credits include three full length albums, international radio play and tours, national television appearances, and much more. She has appeared on national tv and radio including The Katie Couric Show and won such prestigious awards as the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards.

 Katie received her Bachelor's Degree  in Education from Illinois State University and her Master's Degree in Counseling from Northwestern University. She is a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness in children and adolescents.  

 

Ryan Chesla

Ryan Chesla is an incredible athlete and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who played Division I football at The University of Northern Colorado. It was there that he earned All-Big Sky honors which gave him the opportunity to play in the NFL as a free agent selection for the Cincinnati Bengals. He has trained athletes of all ages and abilities, including college and university programs, high school, and youth training programs. Ryan has a degree in Sports and Exercise Science and is passionate about sharing his love of sports, health, and wellness with children.

Bambi Niles

Bambi is a Certified Harp Therapy Practitioner since 2000, providing Harp Therapy and volunteering for Hospice and Palliative Care and the KEYS Program for several years.  She received her AAS in nursing from Morrisville State College and was a Registered Nurse with Oneida Healthcare for many years. She became a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner through the International Harp Therapy Program in 2000 and owns Harpfully Yours, where her mission is to provide individuals with live harp music to soothe the body, mind and spirit. Niles has dedicated her life to offering healing, peace of mind, and an improved quality of life for her patients.

She recently recorded the album "One World Christmas" with Grammy Winning Artist Joanne Shenandoah. 

The KEYS Program is honored to have Bambi on our crew to provide harp therapy in the Central New York area for families who have a child in hospice or palliative care. Contact us at 315-363-6446 or keysprogram@msn.com if you are interested in having Bambi visit your child. 

Cindy Legwaila, BC-MT

The wonderful Cindy Legwaila is a Board Certified Music Therapist and has been working on our awesome crew since 2013!  Cindy received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from Nazareth College and has owned and operated Cindy Legwaila Music Therapy Services since 2007. She has lead our KEYS kids in our drum circle at our annual Smile Experience, provided KEYS music therapy classes for the community and individual music therapy services for our KEYS families.

Cindy recently moved to Pennsylvania but continues to work with our crew as a Music Therapy Consultant and workshop presenter. Her knowledge and expertise, along with her gifts and BIG heart, have been a great addition to our Music Outreach Crew!

Cindy lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 beautiful children.