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In partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Office of Well-Being and Department of Service Excellence, the Music for a While program aims to create public access to music within the hospital environment to elevate mood and reduce anxiety among those who visit, work, and are cared for within the hospital through short, informal, and accessible programs.  Music for a While offers musicians the opportunity to bring their artistry to the healthcare environment and develop the context-specific skillset needed to contribute to wellbeing and healing.

Eligibility and Requirements

The virtual program is open to Peabody undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community musicians.

At this time, the onsite program is only open to Peabody faculty and undergraduate/graduate students. We regret that Peabody wind players and singers are not able to take part onsite at this time but are welcome to apply to participate in the virtual program. Musicians must be masked while playing and abide by all physical distancing, handwashing, and other Johns Hopkins Medicine infection control protocols.

Health screening, background check, orientation, and training are required to work with patients in a healthcare context, either in-person or remotely.

Additional requirements include:

  • Artistic excellence
  • Personal and artistic flexibility in order to respond to a variety of listeners
  • A broad repertoire spanning several genres (e.g. classical, jazz, folk, gospel, music theater, contemporary, etc.)
  • Ongoing, close collaboration with healthcare staff and Music for a While program staff
  • Empathy, the ability to be present
  • A strong desire to be of service
  • Effective, professional communication in speaking and writing
  • For remote work: the technology and ability to use Zoom and the JHH Volunteer Services portal, reliable internet connection

Highly desirable skills include:

  • Teaching and/or community engagement experience
  • A knowledge of/experience with healthcare culture
  • Skills in improvisation

Read the handbook to learn more and read about guidelines for musicians.

Application Instructions and Timeline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Fall training cohort begins on October 13.


For further information, please contact Carolyn Davies, Administrative Project Specialist