Announcing the Music for Healing and Transition Program

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Published on February 08, 2017

Announcing the Music for Healing and Transition Program

Concord Hospital is proud to host the Music for Healing and Transition Program® (MHTP) again in 2017. MHTP, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization, offers a lively and transforming course of study for instrumentalists and vocalists, certifying its graduates as Certified Music Practitioners (CMPs)®. MHTP accepts both amateur and professional musicians.

CMPs® are trained to use their musicianship therapeutically in a clinical setting and are employed 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, CMPs respond improvisationally to support patients experiencing pain, anxiety, muscle tension, etc.

MHTP is offered in a year-long series of five weekend class modules on musical and medical topics, plus a 45-hour internship and required reading. 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.

The four class modules offered at Concord Hospital will be held: March 25-26, May 20-21, September 9-10 and November 3-5. A live, on-line class will be held June 30-July 2.

Once students are accepted into MHTP, they prepare for the module-based course work with advance readings, establishing their relationship with CMP advisors and working on repertoire. Following successful completion of the five modules, students are required to perform an independent practicum. The maximum tuition cost (depending on payment plan) for the program is $2,600. Students may receive tuition reductions based on health care or musical experience and limited scholarship funds are available from MHTP.

For program application and course details, go to or contact Executive Director Melinda Gardiner at (518) 325-5546 or For local information about classes in Concord, N.H., contact Alice Kinsler at Concord Hospital’s Therapeutic Arts & Activity Services, (603) 227-7000 ext. 3867 or e-mail

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