Infection Control Procedures and COVID-19


With the recent news about COVID-19 diagnoses in Johnson County and St. Louis, I am writing to reassure you that the Soundscaping Source team is following these developments closely. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the older adults we serve, and we are putting extra attention into the infection control procedures we have always had in place.

We have reviewed our infection control policies and procedures as a team, following a review of recommendations from the CDC and the American Music Therapy Association, and we will continue working with our clients in a manner that minimizes infection risk.

First, our therapists all wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after contact with clients. We have reviewed proper handwashing procedures and use of hand sanitizer. Our therapists carry hand sanitizer with them.

Second, we have procedures for keeping our instruments clean, using bleach wipes and spray. Our therapists carry bleach wipes with them in their vehicles.

During this period of heightened risk, we have also minimized the number of instruments we use that are difficult to clean, and we have reviewed ways to minimize physical touch during greetings and sessions without compromising the quality of our music therapy services.

When you hired board-certified music therapists, you hired folks who know what to do to reduce the spread of infection. Infection control is one of the competencies covered in music therapy education and training, and is tested on our board-certification exam. We have trained in medical settings with strict infection control protocols. We also consider it an ethical obligation to stay home when sick.

We value having you as a partner in care for the older adults we all serve and in navigating this public health concern. As always, thank you for the opportunity to serve your residents!

Musically yours,



  1. Mary Hamilton on March 11, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    So you clean the keyboard etc daily? Don’t fib😀

    • Rachelle on April 6, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      If our therapists bring a keyboard to a session, yes, it gets cleaned.

  2. Amy Wilson on March 16, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    This is awesome, Rachelle! Thank you so so much for leading the way in this crisis, and offering excellent resources for us music therapists!

    • Rachelle on April 6, 2020 at 6:43 pm

      You’re very welcome, Amy!

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