Strings of Mercy

Changing the way we care for the suffering through Live Therapeutic Music

What is a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP)?

  A Certified Music Practitioner is a musician who completes a clinical training and certification program through the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP) or similar governing organization. A CMP provides live acoustic music at the bedside, one-on-one, for therapeutic purposes (focused on the patient with the aim of bringing in-the-moment comfort to the patient’s whole being).  A CMP has no goal other than addressing the patient’s immediate needs to provide a healing environment.

 Only Certified Music Practitioners (or musicians who have obtained certification from similar programs) are qualified to provide Live Therapeutic Music as defined by The National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSTB). To learn more about Live Therapeutic Music and how to become a CMP, visit


Chuck Beckman, CMP

Chuck Beckman playing guitar among Redwood Trees signifying the peace of Live Therapeutic Music

Chuck has been providing Live Therapeutic Music to patients in health-care facilities since 2010.  As Executive Director of Strings of Mercy, he is committed to raising funds and helping create funded CMP positions around metro Atlanta.  Currently, Chuck is the Therapeutic Music Program Coordinator at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and also provides LTM for Agape Hospice patients around Atlanta.

Lorretta Marks, CMP

Harpist playing Live Therapeutic Music at the bedside of an elderly patient in the hospital

Lorretta has been providing Live Therapeutic Music since becoming an MHTP Certified Music Practitioner in 2004. Lorretta has provided LTM for several area hospitals and hospice providers throughout north Georgia. She represents Strings of Mercy with the Healing Forsyth Initiative and will soon be joining the therapeutic music department at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA.

Larry Haron, CMP

Man who is a chaplain and Certified Music Practitioner sitting with the guitar he uses to provide Live Therapeutic Music to suffering patients

Larry is a staff Chaplain with Agape Hospice Care and also works as a CMP, providing LTM sessions for Agape patients. In addition to working at Agape Hospice, Larry also provides Live Therapeutic Music at Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth, the GMC Joan Glancy Rehabilitation Center in Duluth, and the Gwinnett Extended Care Center located in Lawrenceville, GA. 

Connie Muscenti, CMP

Smiling woman in front of the keyboard she uses to provide Live Therapeutic Music

Connie is a 2017 MHTP graduate and provides Live Therapeutic Music for patients at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, GA. Connie holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education and taught music for several years in public schools. She is MHTP certified on keyboard and voice. When she isn’t playing therapeutic music, Connie continues teaching private music lessons while studying jazz at the University of Georgia.

Max Eve, CMP

Handsome young man holding the guitar he uses to provide Live Therapeutic Music to hospital patients

An Atlanta native, Max provides LTM at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. Max is a diverse and talented guitarist who provides private guitar lessons and comforts patients with soothing finger-style guitar instrumentals by day, then cranks up his amp at night as guitarist and vocalist with Atlanta-based metal band, Halcyon Way. Max is also an accomplished artist who sells commission portraits in various media.

Teresa Texeira, CMP

Woman holding the baroque flute she uses to provide Live Therapeutic Music to infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Uhits

Teresa plays LTM on a replica of an 18th Century Baroque flute.  During her MHTP internship in 2013, she developed a love for comforting ICU and Neonatal ICU patients.  She currently provides LTM to premature babies in the Neonatal ICU at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville.  Teresa watches the babies' monitors as she plays gentle sounds or simple songs using the soft dove-like voice of her instrument.  “Even if the patients cannot talk to us or tell us what they need, their vital signs speak for them.”