The new NSBTM website is officially launched! Thank you to all who contributed to the website's development.
The practice of the therapeutic musician is to use the intrinsic healing elements of live music and sound to provide an environment conducive to the human healing process. Certified Therapeutic Musicians are trained to offer music that benefits patients in the realms of comfort, pain management, vitals stabilization, end-of-life transition, and more. They use their training to thoughtfully adjust their style of playing to suit the needs of the patient in each moment.
The National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM) is a non-profit accrediting board for therapeutic music certification programs. The board is comprised of leaders in the therapeutic music field who have joined together to develop and maintain standards for therapeutic musician training programs and their graduates.
The NSBTM defines the Courses of Study, Scope of Practice, Code of Ethics and other rules of conduct for the certified therapeutic musician.
The NSBTM defines and upholds the educational standards for training programs for Certified Therapeutic Musicians.
How can we help?
Learn more about the field of Therapeutic Music and view our list of accredited and affiliate programs.
Learn about Therapeutic Music and its position in healthcare, its scope of practice, and the NSBTM. Discover the latest research on the benefits of live therapeutic music. Become a Friend of Therapeutic Music. Find resources for hiring a Certified Therapeutic Musician to your facility.
STUDENTS AND GRADUATES
Purchase the updated 2023 Presentation Planner. Find helpful resources and continuing education opportunities. Read the latest research on the benefits of live therapeutic music.
LOOKING TO HIRE A
CERTIFIED THERAPEUTIC MUSICIAN?
Certified Therapeutic Musicians are valuable assets to the healthcare community. View the directory to find a CTM near you.
Compassion, professionalism, and leadership
The NSBTM holds its accredited programs to the highest standards of musicianship and professionalism. Program graduates serve as leaders in the healing music world, improving the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of patients in various healthcare settings.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Jefferson Svengsouk, MD, MBA, RDMS, FACEP
Edie Elkan, MA, HCMHT, CMMT, IMTA, CMT-P
Founder and President of Bedside Harp
Rachel Christensen, CTHP
International Harp Therapy Program
Nicole Anderson, MS, CTM-CCM, CPC, CMMT
Clinical Musician Certification Program
Treasurer, Web Content Manager
Carol Spears, MS, CMP
CEO of Music for Healing and Transition Program
Maryalice Little, CCM, VAHTP
Thank you to the following individuals for representing their respective accredited or affiliate programs and supporting the mission of NSBTM through committee and advisory work.
Karen Thueme, CTHP, VAHTP: VAHT
Wendy Thompson, HCMHT: Bedside Harp
Jan Valentine, CCM: Clinical Musician Certification Program
Rebecca Wertz, CTHP: International Harp Therapy Program
Portia Diwa, CTM-CHT-HI: Healing Harp Certification Program
Sharon Stoll: Institute for Healing Through Sound and Music
BECOME A FRIEND OF THERAPEUTIC MUSIC
Join us in our mission to bring high quality therapeutic music services to all those in need. With a grassroots effort, we believe this goal is accessible and attainable. Friends of Therapeutic Music are appreciated members of our community who support our efforts to maintain the highest levels of standards for therapeutic music certification programs.
Your donation helps to provide the following benefits:
The development and maintenance of high quality standards of practice for Therapeutic Musicians
Achieving state-of-the-art avenues of information through our website, social media, and newsletters
Continuous research and dissemination of important information on legislation on providing therapeutic music in healthcare
Assistance with NSBTM projects
NSBTM is a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. Your donation is tax-deductible.
As a thank you for becoming a Friend of TM, you will receive our annual Friends newsletter letting you know how your donation money is supporting our organization. Friends who donate $35 or more in a yearly period will also receive recognition on the NSBTM website.
To mail a donation in person, please send a check or money order to:
National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians
900 Clinton Avenue S #18046, Rochester, NY 14618-0046
Thank you to our Friends of Therapeutic Music:
VA Harp Center
Winged Harp Productions, LLC
*A special thank you to our $100+ supporters