About Us

National Standards Board for Therapeutic MusiciansWelcome to the Clinical Musician Certification Program website.


Download our brochure: CCM brochure 1


Mission Statement
We will offer high quality and accessible therapeutic musician training and certification for beginning and skilled musicians.

About our program
The Clinical Musician Certification Program is an independent study program that leads to certification as a therapeutic musician, with the title Certified Clinical Musician (CCM). The program has students and graduates throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and around the world. Please see the “Contact Us” page for our primary American and European/Asian Harp for Healing contact options.

The course is appropriate for beginning and skilled musicians alike who want the flexibility of self-paced s0029 Rindependent study at a reasonable cost with no required meeting times or travel. While students work independently to complete the course, they are not alone. They receive personalized support from an experienced mentor and the program director. Recorded conferences calls provide expanded educational opportunities on multiple topics to students and graduates of the program.

The Clinical Musician Certification Program was developed in 2002 by a pioneer in the field of clinical music, Laurie Riley, CMP. It has been accredited by the  National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM) since 2008.  As the current director, I am building upon the strong foundation laid down by Laurie Riley and Dee Sweeney, CCM, who directed the program from 2007 to 2015. I am an active therapeutic musician and Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy Practitioner in Montana.  Isabelle Guettres, our European contact person is an active therapeutic musician in France. Our mentors, located throughout the United States, Canada, and France, are certified therapeutic musicians who bring many years of collective experience in the field from various backgrounds. You can meet them on our “Meet Our Program Mentors” page.

Come explore the world of therapeutic music and be a healing presence to those in need.

 Mary Stevens, Program director

Isabelle Guettres, European contact

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Here is a quote from one of our graduates:

     I am an October, 2013 graduate of the Clinical Musician Certification program, and have been employed at a local hospital since April of 2014. After I had played for a comatose 70s something woman, doctor in my hospital’s ICU said to me,”I have been watching you, I have been watching the patient, and I have been watching you watching the patient as you played.  I realize that although this is a highly technically medical place, it still is important to have something like this for the patient’s well-being and happiness.  The patient smiled as you played.  So, I thank you for this.  Keep up the good work.”  He then proceeded to ask me about clinical musicianship and how it is different from music therapy, and what the training involves.  As you can guess, I was grateful for the good training in the course, and grateful for his level  of understanding.