Strong Memorial Hospital at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in NY is looking for a full-time Adult Music Therapist (Job ID 235369)


Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. The Music Therapist uses music to complement the healing process by addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of patients, while also improving their quality of life. The Music Therapist provides quality individual and group music therapy interventions to individuals for whom music therapy consults have been made within UR Medicine.

The Music Therapist influences behavioral and psychological changes leading to restoration, maintenance, and improvement of health and increased comprehension of self. The Music Therapist develops specific treatment goals for each patient based on patient and family input, as well as feedback from the interdisciplinary team. They also play a vital role in educating caregivers, administrators, and the general public about the role of music therapy in medical settings.


  • Individual Direct Care: Provides individual music therapy sessions to patients on designated units/areas. Reviews comprehensive information related to all assigned patients on a daily basis. Utilizes evidence-based practice to assess for patient and family needs and develop a treatment plan that addresses physiological, psychosocial, and/or developmental needs of patients. Uses music therapeutically by incorporating professional expertise and knowledge related to human development and healthcare experiences. Continually evaluates effectiveness of interventions. Adheres to the Scope of Practice and Code of Professional Practice of The Certification Board for Music Therapists, as well as the Standards of Clinical Practice, Professional Competencies, and Code of Ethics of The American Music Therapy Association.
  • Group Direct Care: Provides group music therapy sessions to patients on designated unites/areas. Provides staff wellness events and special events as needed. Identifies and provides appropriate music resources to patients and their families and maintains these resources to be safe and accessible.
  • Indirect Patient Care and Planning: Prepares specific music interventions for caseload (e.g., practice/prepare songs, record, create playlists). Attends and participates in appropriate interdisciplinary team meetings/committees. Documents clinical outcomes, program statistics, patient/caregiver/staff satisfaction, efficacy, and research results, as appropriate. Presents to healthcare team on units/programs served at least once per year. Attends monthly supervision with Music Therapy Manager for minimum of one hour. Discusses successes/concerns with caseload and overall progress, as well any other issues that arise. Assists in the maintenance of equipment/supplies and adheres to infection control policies. Evaluates and purchases supplies and equipment, as needed (purchases must be approved). Complies with all hospital and department policies and procedures.
  • Research: Participates in music therapy research proposals, protocols, and publications, as appropriate. Assists with study development, recruitment/consent, implementing intervention, and/or data collection.
  • Leadership: Participates in educational experiences for students and/or professionals through interviews and/or presentations. May give presentations to departments/programs within the hospital, outside organizations (e.g., at national, regional, and/or local conferences), support groups, or collegiate classes, as well as interviews with high school students/community members expressing interest in music therapy. Provides shadowing opportunities for students/professionals after completion of six months of work experience at this facility, as determined by the Music Therapy Manager. Provides supervision of music therapy practicum students and/or interns after completion of one year of work experience at this facility, or as determined by the Music Therapy Manager. May assist with required paperwork.
  • Professional Development: Participates in continuing education regarding medical music therapy or other related areas to maintain professional competency and meet continuing education requirements for board certification and licensure, as appropriate. Assists in program development and advocacy, including grant writing, collaboration with Department of Advancement/Development & Community Affairs, and communicating with potential donors, as determined by the Music Therapy Manager.

Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from an accredited college or university required.
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Prefer 2 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Experience related to programming and schedule of music therapy preferred
  • or equivalent combination of education and experience required


  • Strong knowledge of medical music therapy, including developmentally appropriate practices, patient assessment, and evaluation.
  • Strong knowledge of relevant music and materials.
  • Competent with a variety of musical instruments and skills including transposition, improvisation, song writing, instrumental/vocal arranging, adapting instruments and therapeutic music activities.
  • Can apply music therapy principles and techniques to a variety of patient needs, including pediatric, adolescent and adult.
  • Ability to evaluate interventions and demonstrate competencies by providing age-appropriate care to patients and their family.
  • Knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates basic knowledge of Microsoft Office products, and both Windows & Macintosh systems.

Board certified by The Certification Board for Music Therapists (MT-BC) or obtained within 6 months of hire required.

New York State licensure (LCAT) or limited permit eligible preferred.

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

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