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Modified Requirements Track


Musicians with extensive background, experience, or training in therapeutic music may qualify for a Modified Requirements Track for completion of the Clinical Musician Certification Program (CMCP) and certification as a Certified Clinical Musician (CCM). A musician must satisfy all the requirements and parameters established in the CMCP materials in order to be certified. 

Advanced musical training does not typically prepare a musician to play at the bedside. CMCP teaches a specific type of therapeutic music (slow beat, low pitch, relaxation/supportive atmosphere) that may or may not be the same as a musician who has developed his/her own style of therapeutic music. Highly trained musicians and musicians with prior experience playing in care centers and hospitals will all benefit from the depth of the CMCP training materials, but the musician must be willing to work within the CMCP guidelines in order to be awarded CCM status, including recommendations for tempos, tonal quality, musical styles, repertoire, appropriate instruments, and similar standards.   

Application for the Modified Requirements Track does not guarantee acceptance. Music skills must be adequately demonstrated in recordings submitted with the application for the Modified Requirements Track and must meet the parameters established by CMCP for therapeutic music. Once admitted into the Modified Requirements Track, students are required to satisfy all the written and reading material requirements for both Levels 1 and 2. 

To apply for the Modified Requirements Track, you must submit the following items to the Harp for Healing home office for approval: 

  1. A completed CMCP Modified Requirements Track Prerequisite Checklist
  2. Application fee of $100
  3. Cover letter stating your reasons for pursing the Modified Requirements Track 
  4. Completed Application form (below)
  5. Four recordings demonstrating how you would play for each of the following patient categories listed here. Each recording should have two to four songs with improvisation and must be a continuous recording (not several recordings pasted together) with smooth improvised transitions (called segues) between songs. 
    - Children--10 minutes of continual music using at least 2 songs--demonstrating rhythmic, familiar, and melodic music
    - Elderly--10 minutes of continual music using at least 2 songs--demonstrating rhythmic, familiar, unfamiliar, and melodic music
    - General care--10 minutes of continual music using at least 2 songs--demonstrating rhythmic, familiar, unfamiliar, and non-melodic music
    - End of life/pain relief--10 minutes of continual music--demonstrating non-rhythmic, non-melodic, unfamiliar, and improvised music
  6.  A summary of your experience, including an estimated number of hours and number of sessions played at bedside
  7. A recommendation from at least one facility where you have provided music at the bedside
  8. A current resume specifying education and experience related to therapeutic music and/or healthcare

Applicants for the Modified Requirements Track must have an understanding of non-rhythmic, non-melodic, and improvisational music techniques. Non-rhythmic music is music without a discernible pulse, rhythm, or beat. Non-melodic music does not have a recognizable melody or repeating melodic patterns. A student who is unfamiliar with improvisation, non-rhythmic, or non-melodic music styles does not qualify for the Modified Requirements Track. 

Recorded music samples need to be played at a tempo between 60 to 80 beats per minute, with the majority being at 60 beats per minute. 

An applicant for the Modified Requirements Track must have a minimum of 45 hours of actual bedside playing experience and at least 100 sessions of bedside playing experience.  

It is expected that an applicant who qualifies for the Modified Requirements Track has appropriate and adequate music skills and clinical experience, as demonstrated in the listed pre-requisites, and will work through the course with minimal support from a mentor.

Tuition for the Modified Requirements Track is $625. Those who qualify for the Modified Requirements Track will receive the course notebooks for both Level 1 and Level 2 upon acceptance and payment of tuition. 

To apply for the Modified Requirements Track, submit all of the items on the CMCP Modified Requirements Track Prerequisite Checklist to one of the addresses below. Please note that the $100 application fee is non-refundable and separate from the tuition. If submitting electronically, make the payment through the link on the website and use a Dropbox or similar method for the recorded and written submissions. If sending your submission through the mail, use a stiff reinforced package in order to protect your recordings from damage. Your submission will be evaluated and you will be notified when the evaluation is complete. 

If sending your application by mail, send to: 

Harp for Healing, LLC 
920 4th Avenue
Havre, Montana  59501

If sending your application electronically, send to:

A musician who applies to the Modified Requirements Track but does not qualify is invited to apply for the Clinical Musician Certification Program (CMCP) Level 1. 

Questions regarding the CMCP Modified Requirements track should be directed to the home office at 

To Apply through the website:

1. Download the Prerequisite checklist

2. Complete the application

To Apply by mail

1. Download the Prerequisite checklist

2. Download the application