Music Therapist - Acute Care/Palliative - Med Center

Location: Corporate
8100 Greenbriar St
Houston, TX 77054
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Posted Date:
Jan. 25, 2023

At Houston Methodist, the Music Therapist position is credentialed and board certified and is responsible for applying the principles and techniques of their respective modality to patient care in order to treat and rehabilitate people with mental, physical and emotional needs. This position will conduct assessments, observations and treatments in both individual and group settings, document findings and recommendations in the medical record, and participate in treatment team meetings. The Music Therapist position provides education to patients, patient's family members, and/or caregivers and collaborates with other health care professionals as needed for problem resolution and/or achievement of identified patient specific goals.


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Promotes a positive work environment and leads to the team to be a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)
  2. Responds positively to requests for assistance from customers, employees and visitors, using clear and professional communication to facilitate problem resolution. (EF)
  3. Provides contributions towards improvement of department scores for retention/employee engagement, using peer-to-peer accountability. (EF)


  1. Utilizes music therapy as part of patient's complete and comprehensive evaluation to identify patient's level of function, develop the plan of care and improve issues with emotional, psychological and cognitive well-being. (EF)
  2. Provides education to staff, patients and family members about music therapy services and relevant research through formal in-services and informal daily interactions. (EF)
  3. Coordinates aspects of patient care and development into the population-specific program through personalized interaction. (EF)
  4. Organizes and completes work efforts, as appropriate, to ensure the best possible delivery of service, contributing towards improving scores for patient satisfaction. (EF)


  1. Documents clinical interactions in the electronic medical record system. (EF)
  2. Maintains a safe environment, following all policies and procedures for safety, hazardous materials, emergency preparedness and HIPAA. (EF)
  3. Participates in patient or team conferences in order to learn about discharge plans, treatment goals and medical concerns from the treatment team, and in order to contribute relevant progress and concerns from creative arts therapies perspective. (EF)
  4. Communicates team resource and performance improvement needs to ensure quality and customer service standards, impacting quality and safety department and hospital targets. (EF)


  1. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritizes daily tasks, minimizing incidental overtime. Utilizes time between heavy workloads efficiently and helps other team members. Meets labor productivity standards by effectively managing established patient load assignments. (EF)
  2. Maintains accurate and complete documentation of patient interventions and education performed in a timely manner in the medical record. Accurately enters charges for services provided, as applicable. (EF)


  1. Supports hospital and department goals by offering innovative solutions through participation in department projects. Generates and communicates new ideas and suggestions that improve quality or services. (EF)
  2. Assumes responsibility for self-growth and development by participating in in-services programs and continuing education, completing and updating the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



  • Bachelor's degree


  • One year experience providing music therapy in medical population or two years experience providing music therapy in other populations


  • Board Certification from the Certification Board for Music Therapists strongly preferred
  • American Heart Basic Life Support (BLS) preferred


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Exhibits excellent delivery of customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers; demonstrates ability to establish and maintain highly effective professional relationships with physicians
  • Ability to work independently
  • Completed advanced training in neurologic music therapy through the Robert F Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy for positions in rehabilitation settings


Work AttireYes/No
Business professionalNo
Other (dept approved)No


On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (i.e. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.


May require travel withinYes
Houston Metropolitan area 


May require travel outsideNo
of Houston Metropolitan area 

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: _

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist is one of the nation’s leading health systems and academic medical centers. Houston Methodist consists of eight hospitals: Houston Methodist Hospital, its flagship academic hospital in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, and seven community hospitals throughout the greater Houston area. Houston Methodist also includes an academic institute, a comprehensive residency program, a global business division, numerous physician practices and several free-standing emergency rooms and outpatient facilities. Overall, Houston Methodist employs more than 27,000 employees and is supported by a wide variety of business functions that operate at the system level to help enable clinical departments to provide high quality patient care.

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