Therapeutic music at the bedside

Imagine patients who heal faster, need less pain medication, and have a more positive healthcare experience.

Imagine staff and caregivers who are less stressed themselves, dealing with less anxious patients.


I work in healthcare facilities to provide live harp music at the bedside of individual patients, tailoring the music to fit their needs in the moment.

Why? Music can decrease pain, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, stabilize heart rate, and more. See the research.

Staff and visitors can also benefit from live, therapeutic music.

I am Karen Peterson, Certified Music Practitioner (CMP). I am located in Jersey City, near New York City. See how to contact me.

What is the return on investment (ROI) for the healthcare facility to hire therapeutic musicians?

  • Experiencing a therapeutic music session can increase patient satisfaction, which contributes to higher Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores.

  • Providing therapeutic music shows compliance with EP2 in the The Joint Commission Pain Management Standards➚. Providing therapeutic music to those dealing with opioid addiction shows compliance with EP4.

  • Faster healing times can result in higher patient turnover rates…

  • …while staff exposure to therapeutic music sessions can reduce staff turnover.

  • Decreased anxiety in patients can result in a less harried, more efficient staff.

  • Adding a therapeutic music program to your facility’s offerings can result in increased publicity.

  • Conducting research on the benefits of live, acoustic music at the bedside can result in grant money and recognition.

Read about an example therapeutic session, or see more answers to frequently asked questions about therapeutic music.