Therapeutic music sessions available in January
October 30, 2015
Former Park City resident Kristen Rogers-Iversen is a therapeutic musician and is the area coordinator for the nonprofit Music for Healing & Transition Program in Salt Lake City.
"The program is designed to be held every couple of months and goes over a weekend," Rogers-Iversen said. "It trains musicians to play live music that serves the ill and dying."
Musicians also create a healing environment for individuals who are injured, critically or chronically ill or for those in pre- or post-surgery, mothers giving birth or babies who have been prematurely born.
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The Music for Healing & Transition will begin its certification program Jan. 30-31.
"Students will be guided through the course of study by an advisor," Rogers-Iversen said. "Other requirements include an independent clinical practicum, required reading, and repertoire development."
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MHTP accepts amateur and professional musicians, vocal or instrumental, who are serious about learning how to provide live therapeutic music, according to Rogers-Iversen.
"Students may receive tuition reductions based on medical or musical life experience," she said. "Students enrolled in the program may also apply for scholarships."
Rogers-Iverson has always been interested in the effects of music on people.
"When I heard that there was such a thing as therapeutic musicians, I had to become one," she said. "It was like being hit by a bolt of lightning."
She currently plays at the University Hospital as a volunteer and is currently looking for part-time, paid work.
"When you walk in the door, you know somebody is experiencing a difficult part of their existence," she said. "I have seen the music take them from a place of tension, depression or pain to a place that eases them. This is a place where I can connect with them with who I am inside. It’s very rewarding and a wonderful thing to do."
Music for Healing & Transition Program course schedules, descriptions, and application materials are available by visiting http://www.mhtp.org or by calling Kristen Rogers-Iversen at 385-414-5500 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
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