Therapeutic music sessions available in January |

Therapeutic music sessions available in January

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."

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 or by calling Kristen Rogers-Iversen at 385-414-5500 or emailing .

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