What is a Certified Music Practitioner?
A Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) is a trained musician who has completed an accredited program of study which includes medical and musical coursework provided by qualified instructors. A CMP is trained to be responsive to the patient yet unobtrusive while providing beneficial, therapeutic music.
Who is Qualified to Practice Therapeutic Music?
Musicians who complete an approved therapeutic musician curricula with supervised internships from an accredited training program are qualified to practice as therapeutic musicians. Certified graduates are encouraged to enhance their proficiency with Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) obtaining credits through participation in conferences, workshops, lectures and webinars on a variety of approved topics relevant to the field of Therapeutic Music.
Who Benefits from Therapeutic Music?
Those who commonly greatly benefit are persons experiencing life’s transitions, such as birthing and dying, and those experiencing terminal illness, injury, chronic illness and/or disease. This may include babies in NICU, patients in Hospice care, people recovering from strokes. Staff and family members accompanying the patient also benefit from the music.
Why is Live Music Preferred?
Music can be immediately altered to best meet the patient’s needs.
Acoustic (live) music is not compressed and digitized like recorded music is, it contains a much richer spectrum of vibrations and harmonics which can physically and emotionally affect those listening in a positive way.
What is the Difference between a Therapeutic Musician and a Music Therapist?
A therapeutic musician uses the artistic application of the intrinsic elements of live music and sound to provide an environment conducive to the human healing process.
A 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.
What is Expected of the Client or Patient?
It is not necessary for a patient to interact physically or even verbally with the Music Practitioner, expecially since a patient may be under medication or anesthesia. Music can be played during surgery and research has shown that even comatose patients can benefit from live music.
There is no need for a client or patient to be able to interact or speak with the CMP unless he or she wishes or is able to do so. Permission is obtained from care-giving staff or family, and when possible from the patient. In cases where a patient does not communicate, each Music Practitioner is carefully trained to recognize physical indicators that help him/her determine response to music.
Where can the harp be played?
Location can be at the home of the patient or at a medical facility such as a hospital, hospice or nursing home.
How much space does CoastalHarp require to play for a patient?
CoastalHarp uses a large, lightweight Cunningham folk harp that can be mounted on wheels for ease of movement. A folding stool is used for seating. Repertoire is memorized or improvised so there is no need for a stand. A small out-of-the-way space in a room or hallway works well and the whole set-up can be moved very quickly if necessary.
How is the practitioner paid?
Music Practitioners can work independently or affiliate with healthcare institutions, private healthcare providers, and community organizations.
CoastalHarp is contracted by St. Joseph's/Candler hospital and receives payment through them for music played on their campuses. Other organizations or individuals are welcome to hire her services on an 'as needed' basis. Please contact CoastalHarp for information on availablilty and pricing.