Music for Healing and Transition Program®

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Published on June 30, 2014

Music for Healing and Transition Program®

Concord Hospital, in partnership with the Concord Community Music School, is proud to offer the Music for Healing and Transition Program® again in 2014-15.  The Music for Healing and Transition Program® (MHTP) offers a lively and transforming course of study for instrumentalists and vocalists, certifying its graduates as Certified Music Practitioners (CMPs®).

MHTP, a non-for-profit educational organization, accepts amateur and professional musicians. 

CMPs are trained to use their musicianship therapeutically in a clinical setting, serving in healthcare facilities to create a healing environment by providing live music at the bedside.  With education and clinical practice in the physics of sound and its effects on the body and psyche, they respond improvisationally to support patients experiencing pain, anxiety, muscle tension, etc.  

CMPs have played for patients at Concord Hospital since 2008, partially funded by grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts with the National Endowment for the Arts.

MHTP is offered in a year-long series of five weekend class modules on musical and medical topics, with required reading, plus a 45-hour internship after all five modules are completed.  MHTP faculty are experienced CMPs who specialize in their music or healthcare fields.  The program is accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians.

Classes will be offered at Concord Hospital and Concord Community Music School on these weekends: August 23-24, 2014; October 11-12, 2014;  December 6-7, 2014;  March 14-15, 2015; and May 15-17, 2015.  Applications are being accepted. Notification is on a rolling basis.

Students prepare for the module-based coursework through advance readings, establishing their relationship with CMP advisors and working on repertoire.

Tuition is $2,450 (easy payment plans are available). Students may receive tuition reductions based on healthcare or musical experience.

To learn more about MHTP, go to or contact Executive Director Melinda Gardiner at (518) 325-5546 or  For information about classes in Concord, contact Area Coordinator Alice Kinsler at Concord Hospital’s Therapeutic Arts & Activity Services, (603)227-7000 ext. 3867, or email

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