Healing Music

music helps....

Healing Music

                 Music Helps ... 


Did you know that live music has beneficial effects that contribute to the overall care of patients?

There is a great deal of research being done to document the beneficial effects of music. It is being used with many kinds of patients including the critically ill, the chronically ill, the temporarily ill, psychiatric patients, Alzheimer's sufferers, the injured, the dying, premature babies, birthing mothers, the comatose, surgical patients.

Live music has been shown to relax the body and mind allowing more effective responses to medical treatment and enhancing the work of the immune system.

You can experience the benefits of live music or give it as a gift through the services of a Music Practitioner who provides live music at bedside.


What is a music practitioner? 

A Certified Music Practitioner (CMP®) brings pleasant and appropriate live music to the bedside. Each Certified Music Pratitioner is a graduate of a course of study which involves medical and musical classes provided personally by the qualified instructors of the Music for Healing and Transition Program.*

MHTP? http://www.mhtp.org/

Certified Music Practitioners provide a service, not entertainment, They are trained to be responsible and unobtrusive while providing beneficial music to patients and their families. Their playing is not meant to be a performance or a concert.

A Music Practitioner may be engaged by you to play for a friend or family member, or for yourself.

The music practitioner will consult with you regarding music to be played, for how long, and how often. The type of music depends on the condition and concerns of the patient.


Margaret Sneddon, CMP
Margaret Sneddon is a certified Therapeutic Music Practitioner  (CMP®) through the Music for Healing and Transition Program  MHTP?

She has worked extensively with Phelps Hospice in Sleepy Hollow, New York and currently at New York Presbyterian Hospital Center in New York City as a part of their innovative programs of complementary care. She also sees patients privately.

She may also be contacted individually for this service, appropriate for all kinds of patients.

Margaret Sanzo Sneddon, CMP

[email protected]

(914) 715-8793


                                           *A National Nonprofit Educational Organization

MHTP? is a 501.C.3 non-profit corporation, exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes, funded from tuition and donations. Donations are tax-deductible. MHTP? became accredited in 2008 by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM). The MHTP? completed the full application process proving and demonstrating that the program fully meets the standards for training Therapeutic Music Practitioners

 additional information at


 (914) 715-8793

Margaret Sneddon, CMP

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