Title Music Therapist, Hospice, PT, Fond du Lac
Position Title Music Therapist
Company Name Hometown Hospice and Homecare
Location Fond du Lac, WI
Job Description
Part-time, Contract

Come join our Hospice Team in providing services to our community!

Consistently treat the emotional, spiritual, cognitive, social and physical needs of the patients. Working with the elderly patients’ quality of life by alleviating physiological, psychological, social and spiritual distress, and improving comfort. Music therapy is used to:

  • · Reduce physical symptoms of pain, agitation and shortness of breath
  • · Address and alleviate feelings of depression, fear, isolation, disorientation, confusion, anxiety, loss of control, loss of independence and loneliness
  • · Support spiritual beliefs and practices
  • · Improve quality of life
  • · Provide emotional support to families
  • · Provide opportunities for meaningful interactions among family members
  • · Provide respiratory entertainment and alleviation of anxiety during removal from ventilators
  • · Leave a legacy
  • · Inspire life review
  • · Discover meaning from the dying process


  • Graduate of colleges or universities from one of approximately seventy approved music therapy degree programs approved by the American Music Therapy Association
  • Must be Board Certified (MT-BC)
  • Registered Music Therapist (RMT)
  • Certified Music Therapist (CMT)
  • Advanced Certified Music Therapist (ACMT)

Music therapists who specialize in hospice and palliative care may advance their knowledge and clinical skills with continuing education courses.

Experience: Working with patients at their end of life in nursing homes, residential facilities, assisted living facilities or residents homes.

Evaluate an individual’s needs and musical preferences in addition to his/her cultural background and spiritual beliefs. Patients are engaged in a therapeutic process that speaks to their unique needs and preferences. They may benefit from actively engaging in music therapy interventions such as song-writing, singing, music-making, improvisation, making musical choices or moving to music. Patients may also benefit by receiving the music through active music listening, music focused relaxation, music and imagery or live music entertainment. Music therapy provides actively dying patients and their families with music that supports a peaceful death.

Knowledge and Skills Required:
The professionally trained music therapist integrates the patients’ musical preferences with music therapy approaches that are designed to meet their needs and celebrate their strengths. Music therapists draw from psychological models to incorporate counseling techniques with music experiences to provide support both verbally and musically. Music therapists readily adapt their approaches to support patients as they transform from higher levels of functioning into death. Music therapists play an integral role on the interdisciplinary team because they address a wide variety of needs including physical symptoms and psycho-social and spiritual issues.
Tools/Technology Required:
Music therapists are trained to use a variety of instruments depending on patients’ preferences and needs. These may include guitar, harp, keyboard, auto-harp, dulcimer, tone chimes, tambourines, maracas, egg shakers and other rhythm instruments.

Job Types: Part-time, Contract


  • Hospice: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Music Therapy: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Associate (Required)


  • Driver’s License (Required)
  • Music Therapy (Required)

Contract Length:

  • 1 year
  • More than 1 year

Contract Renewal:

  • Likely

Typical start time:

  • 8AM

Typical end time:

  • 5PM




Date Posted 3/10/2019