Current research supports the use of music and sound to encourage relaxation of the body and mind, to promote the self-healing work of the immune system, and to enhance receptivity to medical treatment.
Therapeutic music and sound healing are modalities that allow individuals who are ill or dying to hear and receive live music or therapeutic sound on physical, psychosocial and spiritual levels in order to promote health and well-being or a peaceful transition.
Individuals are enabled to bring inner resources to activate the healing process. These practices date back to Pythagoras of Ancient Greece, who is known as the "Father of Sound Medicine".
To facilitate the healing, wholeness and harmony of individuals through music and other types of therapeutic sound.
The multi-dimensional healing qualities of sound and music are beneficial in all aspects of health and well being. Research confirms sound and music:
Our trained practitioners are all certified by nationally recognized programs and are insured. IHSM is the national registry for all certified music practitioners and supports them in achieving their continuing education goals and requirements.
What is the Difference between a Music Therapist and a Therapeutic Musician?
The music therapist uses musical instruments and music making as therapeutic tools primarily to rehabilitate the normal functions of living and improve quality of life through studying and promoting measurable changes in behavior. A therapeutic musician uses the artistic application of the intrinsic elements of live music and sound to provide an environment conducive to the healing process.
*Excerpt from the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians Presentation Planner available at www.nsbtm.org
What is a Typical Therapeutic Music Session Like?
How Are Therapeutic Musicians Trained?
There are three types of therapeutic musician training programs:
The following programs are accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM). Students receiving certification through one of these programs have met a common set of minimum standards set by the Board which include an extensive curriculum, demonstrating musical proficiency and completing at least 45 hours of hospice/hospital internship playing at bedside.
All of these programs assign mentors* to work with new students.
There are other therapeutic musician programs which are recognized locally by health care organizations in their parts of the country, but which for various reasons are not nationally accredited. Therapeutic musician training programs affiliated with the NSBTM include
*MHTP has changed terminology to” advisors” and “individual practicum” to avoid confusion (as many expect internships to provide supervisors on –site).
**Excerpts from the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians Presentation Planner available at www.nsbtm.org