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Level 2 (Advanced)

Advanced Clinical Musicianship (Level 2)


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),

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 practical experience in bedside music. 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 in PDF form, 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 develop 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 become familiar with 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 Bedside music – Logistics, spiels, stories

TUITION FOR CMCP LEVEL 2: $625 USD   This includes the course notebook and access to on-line resources through the Harp for Healing website. Students are required to purchase or acquire other required materials on their own. 

(CMCP Level 1 must be completed before applying for CMCP Level 2. There is no application fee if student has completed CMCP Level 1 within the prior 18 months. After 18 months, there will be a $50 application fee. Contact the home office for details.)



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