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You can register now at a discount for MHTP's 2016 Conference at The Presentation Center, Los Gatos, CA, July 14-17, 2016

February 1 Deadline for Early Bird Discount Conference Registration Form
Conference Registration Form

Announcing New Class Sites

We are delighted to announce these MHTP class sites:

  • Baltimore, MD at Mercy Hospital - beginning January 9-10, 2016
  • Salt Lake City, UT - beginning January 30-31, 2016
  • Denver, CO - beginning February 20-21, 2016
  • Concord, NH at Concord Hospital and the Concord Music School – beginning March 5-6, 2016
  • Federal Way, WA at St. Francis Hospital - beginning April 9-10, 2016
  • Syracuse, NY at the Upstate Cancer Center – beginning April 16-17, 2016
  • Harrisonburg, VA - beginning June 12-14, 2016
Watch for new classes being scheduled later in 2016 in Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Portland, OR & Dallas, TX

LIVE WEBINAR: Business Development for Therapeutic Musicians

January 9 & 10, 2016
8:30 - 4:30 PST

Cost: $200 TOTAL per attendee for both days of webinar. Attendees may be CMPs, students of MHTP (though it is recommended that they have started their Independent Practicums), and certified graduates of therapeutic music programs accredited by the NSBTM. 15 CEUs will be earned by class participants at one CEU per seat hour. CEUs are not applicable for therapeutic musician students. Students may attend webinar though.

Instructor: Cheryl Zabel, CMP, Washington Area Coordinator and Treasurer for MHTP
Cheryl has been working full time as an independent contractor with hospices, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. With extensive outside sales experience in her previous life, let her walk you through the basics of starting your own therapeutic music business.

Marketing 101 will include how to prepare for and start your own therapeutic music business, how to find new customers, networking strategies, presentation techniques, and creative ways to approach various organizations.
Bookkeeping 101 will set you up with easy-to-manage spreadsheets for tracking your accounts receivables, customer invoices, mileage tracking, state requirements for starting a new business, tax basics, other documentation requirements and how to keep your accountant happy!

For a registration form and webinar computer access requirements, please email Cheryl Zabel:

Supporting MHTP by using AmazonSmile

If you buy products from Amazon, you can support MHTP by using AmazonSmile.
Go to this link: Amazon Smile MHTP
When you shop, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to MHTP at no cost to you.

About MHTP

The founders of MHTP had a clear vision for the Program they were creating. The objectives of the Music for Healing and Transition Program are charitable and educational, and include: Serving the ill and dying with live music to facilitate and promote healing or assist in the life/death transition; Teaching the practice of this service; Establishing centers for education all over the United States; Publishing information, research findings and other material about this unique profession; Providing Continuing Education opportunities for our graduates; Developing affiliations with healing, charitable and educational organizations where this service may be provided by Certified Music Practitioners (CMP) ®

MHTP instructors are Certified Music Practitioners® and highly trained specialists in their field. As CMPs® they each have an active independent therapeutic music practice in their hometown locations. A specifically trained and dedicated instructor is provided for each module. MHTP received its non-profit status in 1995. It is a 501©(3) non-profit corporation exclusively for charitable, literary, and educational purposes, funded from tuition and donations.

MHTP is a member of The National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM), which has created Professional Standards for Therapeutic Musicians

Our Vision:

The Music for Healing & Transition Program (MHTP) trains and certifies musicians to provide live therapeutic music, which creates healing environments for the ill and/or dying and all who may benefit. We recognize music as a therapeutic enhancement to the healing process and the life/death transition. Our graduates are Certified Music Practitioners (CMP) ®. We collaborate with healthcare facilities and community organizations to educate about, and promote research in, the effectiveness of therapeutic music.

Read an Article by Silvia Nakkach, M.A.,MMT
Devotional Music Therapy, Contemplative Vocal Music and the Passage

Read an Article by Melinda Gardiner, CMP
Some thoughts about teaching what you know about Therapeutic Music to other musicians

MHTP has many training sites throughout the US and Canada. To advance our student interns in the development of their skills, we affiliate with health care facilities.
Some sites that have welcomed MHTP interns:
Concord Hospital, Concord, NH Anne Arundel General Hospital - MD
University of Michigan Medical Center - MI Univeristy of Maryland Medical Center, MD
Columbia-Memorial Hospital - Hudson, NY Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Hospice of Lancaster County - PA Cooper Green Hospital - Birmingham, AL
Providence Medical Center - Seattle, WA Loyola Medical Center - IL
Flagstaff Medical Center - Flagstaff, AZ St Francis Hospital - Federal Way, WA
Danbury Hospital - Danbury, CT Northside Hospital - Georgia
St. Mary's Medical Center - Evansville, IN Children's Hospital - Aurora, CO
Highline Rehabilitation Hospital - Seattle, WA St. Barnabas Medical Center - NJ
St. Vincent's Hospital - Indianapolis, IN North Suburban Hospital - Denver, CO
Methodist Hospital (Clarian Health) - IN St. Anthonys Central - Denver, CO
Tampa General Hospital - Tampa, FL Bon Secours Maria Manor - St. Petersburg, FL
Moffitt Cancer Center - Tampa, FL Morton Plant Mease Hospital - Safety Harbor
St. Anthonys Hospital - St. Petersburg, FL University of Virginia Medical Center - VA