Students receive over 600 contact hours through this two year, non-degree training program, which includes 18 didactic weekend intensives in Portland, Oregon, and clinical internships.

The Clinical Internship provides students with over 300 hours of working alongside an MTAI certified music-thanatologist in hospitals and hospices throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The program is designed to prepare students to meet the Standards and Competencies of Music-Thanatology Association International (MTAI), the independent certification body for music-thanatology worldwide.

Areas of study include, but are not limited to:

  • Anatomy of Religion and Ritual
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology
  • Anthroposophy
  • Ethics in Healthcare
  • Biology of Dying
  • Clinical Discussion
  • Contemplative Infusion
  • Contemplative Word Study
  • Disease Processes
  • Establishing a Music-Thanatology Practice
  • Healing and Reorganizing Properties of Sound
  • History of Death and Dying in Western Culture
  • History of Music in Medicine
  • Introduction to Clinical Internship
  • Introduction to Contemplative Practices
  • Introduction to the Clinical Narrative
  • Introduction to the Vigil Setting
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Modes and Neumes
  • Music Embodiment
  • Music-Thanatology in Diverse Cultures and Religions
  • Music-Thanatology Vigil as Ritual
  • The Nature of Suffering
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Phenomenology
  • Preparing Professional Presentations
  • Prescriptive Music Analysis
  • Prescriptive Musicianship
  • Professional/Academic Paper
  • Professional Relationship
  • Re-imagination of the Body
  • Schola Cantorum
  • Spiritual Pain Assessment
  • Synchronizing Harp and Voice with Patient Respirations
  • Thanatology
  • Vital Signs

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