Music Therapist - Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM)
Job Ref # 29202
Location:  Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
Category: Professional

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Job Summary

The Music Therapist will deliver services to adult patients being treated in the Houston Methodist Hospital System. The therapist will deliver services through both group and individual sessions, treating patients individually as well as co-treating with physical, occupational,  speech therapists, social workers and other clinical team members. The therapist will report indirectly to the CPAM Program Manager regarding implementation and growth of music therapy services.


¿ Not applicable                   

¿ Neonate (Birth to 28 days)

¿ Infants/Toddlers (29 days to 18 months)

¿ Toddler (18 months to 3 years)

¿ Preschooler (3-6 years)

¿ School Age (6-12 years)

¿ Adolescence (12-18 years)

¿ Young Adult (19-40 Years)

¿ Middle Adult (40-65 Years)

¿ Mature Adult (65 years and older)


  1. Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.

COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.

ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.

RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.

EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate. 


  1. Focuses on patient/customer safety
  2. Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
  3. Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
  4. Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
  5. Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job


PEOPLE - 25%

  1. Individually treat patients and also co-treat patients with Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapists, Social Worker and other clinical team members.
  2. Provide education to staff, patients and family members about music therapy services and relevant research through formal in-services and informal daily interactions. 
  3. Supports and partners with staff, including Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, Physicians, Social Workers, Nurses and Patient Care Assistants.



  1. Utilizes music as part of a patient’s comprehensive therapeutic treatment plan to improve any issues with emotional, physical and cognitive well-being.
  2. Ensures the consideration of the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of music therapy services.


  1. Provides music therapy services that address the functional and psycho-emotional goals of patients, as determined together with the treatment team.
  2. Documents clinical notes in the electronic medical record system.
  3. Work is reviewed for adherence to professional standards (as outlined with the on site clinical director), and may involve supervisory conferences, case reports, and quality assurance reviews as well as in compliance with assessments and treatment plans.
  4. Participates in daily team conference 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 a music therapy perspective.
  5. Upholds the American Music Therapy Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, with particular attention to the Medical Setting Standards.



  1. Collaborates with the CPAM Program Manager to record and collect data related to delivery, efficacy and patient satisfaction of music therapy services.
  2. Effectively and efficiently provides music therapy services in order to best benefit patients and the facility.



  1. Advance clinical knowledge by participating in continuing education opportunities on yearly basis.
  2. Participate in activities related to promoting the growth of the music therapy department at Houston Methodist (e.g., provide presentations on music therapy) as needed.
  3. Collaborate with the CPAM Program Manager on research projects related to music therapy services.

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 in Music Therapy from an accredited school program according to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).


  • 2 years or more years of clinical experience implementing music therapy techniques is required
  • 1 year or more of experience working with adults in a medical setting is preferred
  • Research experience preferred (with 1 or more years being optimal)
  • Interest in supervising interns in the future is preferred.


  • Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) through CBMT
  • CPR Preferred


  • 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 (oral and written).
  • Able to complete department specific training in areas of patient safety, infection control, and other areas as required.
  • Able to provide treatment sessions in an individual or group setting.
  • Possess ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks.
  • Knowledge/experience working with patient and families with a variety of neurological deficits is preferred.
  • Knowledge/experience with research procedures and protocols is desirable.
  • Established communication, customer service and support skills.
  • Knowledge of family- and patient-centered care is required.
  • Knowledge of family- and patient-centered care to promote physical, mental, social, and spiritual healing is required.
  • Knowledge of any additional languages is desirable.
  • Cultural sensitivity to work with the diverse patient population at Houston Methodist is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research.  Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006.  Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

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