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The new NSBTM website is officially launched! Thank you to all who contributed to the website's development.

WELCOME

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.

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The NSBTM defines and upholds the educational standards for training programs for Certified Therapeutic Musicians. 

How can we help?

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Learn more about the field of Therapeutic Music and view our list of accredited and affiliate programs.

LEARN MORE

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.

Harpist plays relaxing music in a garden

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.

Board Members

OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Jefferson Svengsouk, MD, MBA, RDMS, FACEP

Chair

Edie Elkan, MA, HCMHT, CMMT, IMTA, CMT-P

Founder and President of Bedside Harp

Vice-Chair

Rachel Christensen, CTHP

International Harp Therapy Program

Secretary

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

Director

Maryalice Little, CCM, VAHTP

Member-at-Large

REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL

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

Friend of TM

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.

By clicking the link, you will be given the option to make

a one-time or yearly recurring donation securely through PayPal.

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:

Ann Germani

Chiara Rosati

Christina Cotruvo

Christine McCullough

Claudia Watson

Donna Hangen

Edie Elkan

Janet Valentine*

Jennifer Smith

Karen Owens

Karen Stowe

Kaye Ragland

Kevin Roddy

Linda Henderson

Mary Stevens*

Maryalice Little

Nicole Anderson

Peter Decher

Ronald Schulz

Sandra Pereira*

Susan Milkes

Terry Allen

Uli Sacchet

VA Harp Center

*A special thank you to our $100+ supporters

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