ST. LOUIS - Most college students are busy enough with homework and lab assignments, and so is Phil Hsu. He's a senior studying neuroscience at Washington University.
But twice a month he gets more in tune with his minor in music. Not by practicing with an orchestra, but by playing for kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
"I had fairly traditional classical training," said Hsu.
Of course, Bach isn't at the top of most kid's playlist, so Phil plugs in to something more their speed.
"I know you know this song," he said to Kaylee Murphy, an 11-year-old patient.
"It was really good," Murphy said when he finishes a One Direction song.
"I've seen some kids start laughing, some kids who are able to get out of their beds will start dancing along to the music or some who might not have smiled for a couple of weeks according to the nurses are smiling for the first time," Hsu said.
He can play Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and Maroon 5 on demand, but his time at the hospital is less about song choice and more about smiles.
"Like for that three minute time period when I'm playing that song they seem to have forgotten they're in a hospital," Hsu said.
And that's music to everyone's ears.