What is therapeutic music and why is training necessary?
Therapeutic music is live music played in a therapeutic manner to match the immediate needs of a patient/client. A trained therapeutic musician will adapt the style of music being played to help a person find a place of healing and peace.
For those interested in learning how to play therapeutic music for use at the bedside or in therapeutic settings, Harp for Healing, LLC offers three levels of training which provide insight into how to adapt music to meet the needs of people in healthcare environments.
- Public Music for Medical Environments (PMME)--training in appropriate music for public areas of healthcare environments, such as lobbies, nurse's stations, hallways, and the like.
- Clinical Musician Certification Program (CMCP)--training in the theory and practice of bedside therapeutic music. Accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Music (NSBTM). Suitable for any therapeutic instrument--harp, keyboard, guitar, voice, dulcimer, etc.
- Vibroacoustic Therapeutic Music (VATM) and Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy (VAHT)—Training in utilizing a harp or other instruments in combination with vibrotactile equipment to deliver the sounds and vibrations of music in what has been described as a “cellular massage”.