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Level 2 (Advanced)

Advanced Clinical Musicianship (Level 2)

Overview

This is the second of two parts of an independent study course in the philosophy and practicum of the clinical science and art of healthcare music. The program is a self-paced home study course for singers and instrumentalists who wish to become certified practitioners of clinical music at the bedside. This training program meets the accreditation requirements of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Music (NSBTM), nsbtm.org.

Those studying Level 2 will have passed Level 1 of the Clinical Musician Certification Program (CMCP). Level 2 focuses on scientific studies of the effect of music, self-care practices, musical sensitivity, business skills, and setting up and completing a 45-hours of volunteer bedside therapeutic music sessions in hospital and hospice environments. Students who successfully complete Level 2 earn the title of Certified Clinical Musician (CCM). Graduates of the program will be expected to acquire 40 CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) every four years. See Guidelines for CEUs.

No travel is required. The tuition includes the Level 2 notebook, access to the Program website and Google discussion group, seven hours of mentoring, final assessment and certification. Mentoring is done by email, Skype, FaceTime, or any other medium that is agreeable to the student and mentor. Those who wish to travel may make special arrangements with their mentor.

Course Objectives

  • To apply the knowledge and skills learned in Level 1 to the practical considerations of playing at bedside
  • To develop the ability to make effective presentations about therapeutic music and its benefits to support acquiring bedside playing experience and employment opportunities
  • To knowledge of the practice, applications, philosophy and science of music in healthcare
  • To develop musical flexibility and comfort at the bedside
  • To develop skill in assessing and observing patient needs and responses
  • To learn how to modify a musical approach to meet the patient’s changing needs based on continuous observation throughout a session
  • To gain a broad knowledge of the field of medicine and its relationship to therapeutic music work
  • To gain experience and comfort with being in healthcare facilities and develop the ability to work cooperatively and creatively with medical professionals in clinical environments
  • To develop business skills such as marketing and planning to support the development of a therapeutic music practice
  • To develop ever-deepening compassion for self and others; to develop or enhance a self-care plan
  • To develop the ability to become present and remain focused in the midst of interruptions and distractions
  • To cultivate self-awareness and understanding of yourself and your gifts
  • To become a Certified Clinical Musician

Required Reading:

Topics included in the course curriculum

  • Integrative Anatomy and the Resonant System
  • The Relaxation Effect
  • Entrainment
  • Self-care Assessment and Planning
  • Music for Different Patient Populations
  • Case Studies
  • Making Effective Presentations
  • Developing Presentation Support Materials
  • Marketing
  • Visioning and Planning Your Practice
  • Preparing for Internship – Logistics, spiels, stories

Final graduation requirements

  • Proof of completion of hospice volunteer training (Hospital volunteer training may also be required by the hospital where you intern)
  • Patient logs recording 45 hours of actual playing during a minimum of 100 sessions at the bedsides of inpatients in hospital and hospice environments
  • Patient logs and hours summary for all volunteer bedside therapeutic music hours
  • Supervisor’s Report of bedside therapeutic music sessions, verifying your hours and providing feedback
  • Book reports on required reading
  • Worksheets on various topics
  • Final integrative reflections
  • A recording of the music you would offer for two described patients, your rationale and a self-assessment

TUITION FOR CMCP LEVEL 2: $625 USD

Register and pay for CMCP Level 2

Register and pay for CMCP Level 2 by mail

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