What is therapeutic music?
Therapeutic music is an art based on the science of sound. It is live acoustic music, played or sung, specifically tailored to the patient’s immediate need, which brings music’s intrinsic healing value to the bedside of the ailing.
Can all types of musicians enter the program?
There are many types of instruments that are appropriate for bedside work and can be used in this program. We have students and graduates who use voice or play instruments such as the harp, cello, Native American Flute, violin, flute and guitar. Some instruments, such as the trumpet, trombone and piccolo, would not be suitable for this work.
How long does it take to complete the program?
There are 3 major factors that determine the length of time needed to complete the program. Your musical proficiency when you enter the program is the first factor; the second is the amount of time you have to devote to the program. The last factor is completing the volunteer bedside therapeutic music hours. While 45 hours of bedside playing are required, the elapsed time spent in health care facilities is typically 100 plus hours. Most students take 6 to 18 months to complete each level, while a few have become certified in as little as 4-6 months.
Is there a maximum time in which the program must be completed?
No, the program is designed for flexibility and to allow students to adjust the time they are spending on the program based on life situations that come up. However, in order remain on "active" status and avoid penalties, a student must stay in contact with his/her mentor. A student who does not contact his/her mentor for six months will be placed on "inactive" status and will be required to pay a fee in order to return to "active" status. After a period of inactivity, a student will be required to purchase updated materials if necessary.
Is the program available to international students?
Yes. The availability of email and Skype makes it fairly easy to communicate over long distances. Harp for Healing has mentors located in the USA, Canada, and France, who serve students in many different countries.
Who are the program mentors and what do they do?
Program mentors are graduates of this program who are experienced in the field. Each student is assigned a mentor who is available by phone and email. The mentor might answer questions, provide feedback and coaching on clinical music skills and experiences, provide guidance on ways to move through the course, offer encouragement, and support any self-imposed deadlines. The mentors tailor their support to meet each student’s needs.
Is there a minimum age requirement to register?
For Level 1, no. This level is designed to provide basic concepts and would allow a young student to explore the field and focus at least a part of their musical skill development on therapeutic music.
For Level 2, health care facilities require volunteers to be 18 or over to play at bedside, so Level 2 requirements could not be met until after a student turns 18.
What level of musical competency is needed to enter the program?
Students should have at least an early intermediate skill level to enter the program. Some musical skills can be developed while working through the course, but teaching beginning skills is beyond the scope of CMCP.
What level of musical competency is needed to graduate?
Students need to be able to play in a smooth, flowing and calming manner. They need to be comfortable with their instrument and the therapeutic music styles. By its nature, therapeutic music is simple and less complex than performance music – virtuosity is not required.
How do you know which program is right for you?
You will want to consider each program’s philosophy, delivery style and cost to determine what fits best with your needs and learning style. Feel free to call or email us to better understand how our program works.