Peabody’s Sound Rounds program brings trained musicians to patients’ bedsides to provide comfort and companionship through music. The Sound Rounds program began as a partnership in 2018 between the Peabody Institute and the Johns Hopkins Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Councils. Since then, Sound Rounds musicians have worked bedside at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore.

Bedside musical services are delivered through in-person visits on hospital units and impromptu performances in hallways and waiting areas. Additionally, Sound Rounds musicians connect remotely with patients (via Zoom or other technology) according to patient/family preference or when required due to changes in hospital visitation policies. 

The Sound Rounds program is part of Peabody’s growing portfolio of Arts in Health initiatives, which includes community-based learning opportunities for Conservatory students in hospitals and retirement communities, as well as community Arts for Health and Well-Being programs anchored in the Preparatory’s Peabody Prescribe department.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Peabody Institute currently seeks Maryland-based musicians working in diverse genres to join Sound Rounds. Hospital orientation, training and compliance with all hospital policies including masking and vaccination requirements are required to work with patients in a healthcare context.

Additional requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in music education or performance or equivalent professional experience
  • Minimum age: 21
  • Open to guitar, strings, keyboard, and voice
  • Artistic excellence
  • Personal and artistic flexibility in order to respond to a variety of patient backgrounds, tastes, and physical and emotional states
  • A broad repertoire spanning several genres (e.g. classical, jazz, folk, gospel, music theater, contemporary, etc.)
  • Strong collaboration skills required with healthcare staff and Sound Rounds program supervisor
  • Empathy, the ability to be present
  • A strong desire to be of service – understanding that it’s not about the artist
  • Effective and professional communication in speaking and writing
  • Teaching and/or community engagement experience
  • A knowledge of/experience with healthcare culture
  • Reliable transport to and within Baltimore City
  • Competence with technology and computer skills
  • For remote work: access to and ability to use Zoom technology, reliable internet connection

In addition, skills in improvisation, songwriting, collaborative composition, and/or other art forms are highly desirable. 

Application Instructions and Timeline

Applications are closed at this time. For more information about the program, please contact Meagan Hughes, Arts in Health Program Manager.