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Sound Rounds Musicians

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 30, 2023

Johns Hopkins, founded in 1876, is America's first research university and home to nine world-class academic divisions working together as one university.


Peabody Institute seeks bedside musicians for Sound Rounds program at Baltimore and Washington, D.C. hospitals

Peabody Institute seeks musicians working in diverse genres to join Sound Rounds, a program which brings trained musicians to patients’ bedsides to provide comfort and companionship through music. To support music programs taking place in Baltimore and DC, Peabody seeks local artists from each area. The Sound Rounds program began as a partnership in 2018 between the Peabody Institute and the Johns Hopkins Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Councils. To date, musicians have worked within the Johns Hopkins Healthcare System at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bayview Hospital, and Suburban Hospital.

Musical services are delivered through in-person bedside 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.

Scope of Practice

Sound Rounds musicians deliver musical experiences to patients. Visits from a Sound Rounds musician can be interactive and may include conversation, or may only provide calming background music, as appropriate. The patient and musician together mutually guide the visit based on the patient’s requests and condition. Sound Rounds musicians are also called upon to provide support through music for families and healthcare staff.

While Sound Rounds musical encounters may result in enhanced health, the musicians’ aims are aesthetic engagement, creative expression, entertainment, and positive distraction. Sound Rounds musicians do not deliver music therapy – their scope is purely artistic. Supervision and mentorship are provided by the Sound Rounds program supervisor in conjunction with a music therapist.


· Participate in 20-hour initial orientation/training, followed by a period of observation and supervision

· Perform weekly shifts on hospital units and virtually on Zoom, as requested. Weekly shifts are 3-4 hours, on weekday afternoons, evenings or weekends. Individual visits with patients range from 15-30 minutes.

· Collect feedback from patients and healthcare staff during each shift

· Submit documentation of patient visits as required by hospital

· Participate in regular Artist Rounds supervision meetings

Based on applicant experience and interest, additional duties may include mentorship of student artists, assisting with Arts in Health training sessions at Peabody, performing for hospital events, and facilitating group arts activities in community health settings.


Based on professional experience, the pay rate starts at $40 per hour for bedside services and $50 per hour for group activities.

About The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University advances a dynamic, 21st-century model of the performing arts, building on its rich history of innovation and leadership as the first conservatory in the United States. Comprising both a Conservatory for undergraduate and graduate studies and the Preparatory, Baltimore’s largest community performing arts school, Peabody empowers musicians and dancers from diverse backgrounds to create and perform at the highest level. Courses of study range from classical and jazz performance, composition, ballet, and modern dance to cutting-edge programs in acoustics, recording arts and sciences, and music for new media, taught by world-renowned faculty alongside the Conservatory’s signature Breakthrough Curriculum, a career development framework that prepares citizen-artists to help shape the future of the field and serve their communities. A division of Johns Hopkins, one of the world’s preeminent research universities and medical institutions, Peabody provides opportunities for interdisciplinary studies through its dual degree program and important initiatives in both arts-in-healthcare and clinical care for performing artists. A leading voice at the intersection of art and education, Peabody is also a convener of critical discourse, providing platforms for a broad range of artistic perspectives to engage with current issues and critical ideas in the cultural sector. To learn more about the Peabody Institute, visit .


The Peabody Institute currently seeks one Baltimore-based musician and one D.C.-metro-based musician. 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 instruments suitable for an intimate environment that are easily portable, and do not use amplification

· 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 engage music as a form of service

· Effective and professional communication in speaking and writing

· Teaching and/or community engagement experience

· A knowledge of/experience with healthcare culture

· Reliable transport to required location(s)

· 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. Preference given to those with capacity to offer more than one instrument (e.g. voice and guitar).

Application Instructions

Please include the following:

· Links to two video work samples that demonstrate high-level musical skill and programming expertise (including one which presents repertoire appropriate to healthcare or similar context, another in traditional performance setting). Please refer to the Music for a While Guidelines as a reference ( ).

· Repertoire list appropriate to healthcare or similar context

· CV/resume including community/healthcare experience

· Cover letter

· Contact information for three references

The first round of application reviews will start on January 2. Position remains open until filled. Upon receipt of materials, some applicants will be selected to interview/audition in person.


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Hospital orientation, training and compliance with all hospital policies including masking and vaccination requirements are required to work with patients in a healthcare context.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

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