“Live Therapeutic Music” is not a term one hears every day in medical circles. When health care professionals hear the term, they often think of Music Therapy. However, Certified Music Practitioners* who provide Live Therapeutic Music are not Music Therapists.
Live Therapeutic Music is live acoustic music that is played at an individual patient’s bedside by a Certified Music Practitioner. The Music Practitioner assesses each patient and plays music based on that patient’s condition. The Music Practitioner provides an atmosphere where physical, emotional or spiritual healing may occur. Research shows that Live Therapeutic Music can affect a patient’s physical condition. Agitated patients become calm as heart rate and respirations slow and blood pressure falls. Patients suffering from pain report relief and often fall asleep during a Live Therapeutic Music session. Alzheimer’s patients can become more alert and oriented during Live Therapeutic Music sessions. Patients nearing end of life or who suffer from Terminal Agitation benefit from Live Therapeutic Music when nothing else seems to comfort them. Live Therapeutic Music also comforts family members who often can only look on as their loved ones suffer.
*Certified Music Practitioners are trained and certified by the Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc.™ (MHTP). Only Certified Music Practitioners (or musicians who have obtained similar certification from similar programs) are qualified to provide Live Therapeutic Music as defined by these organizations.