Volunteer Roles

Healing Music Volunteers


Provide welcoming and calming music for patients, family members and staff at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Clinic, located at 825 Eastlake Avenue East, or Hutch School, located at 525 Minor Avenue North.  Placement on the various clinic reception areas and at Hutch School is dependent on the specific needs of that area and the availability of the volunteer.


  • Provide relaxing and soothing music in the reception areas of the SCCA Clinic.  Volunteers must be able to play music at a level that is audible for patients and guests but low enough to allow staff to work with minimal audial disturbance.
  • As appropriate with individual instrument, provide a welcoming presence with occasional eye contact and smiles.
  • Engage patients and caregivers as appropriate for music/song requests.
  • Volunteer must provide own instrument, with the exception of the use of the piano at Hutch School.


A minimum volunteer commitment of six months is requested.  Volunteer shifts are flexible and may be scheduled at the frequency requested by the volunteer.   Performances in the SCCA Clinic and Hutch School typically are scheduled on weekdays between 9am and 4pm.  Occasionally, special performances (Service of Remembrance, holiday open house, etc.) are scheduled outside of those hours.  When a volunteer is unable to come to the clinic for a scheduled shift, she or he is expected to notify her/his supervisor or designee with as much advance notice as possible.


The Volunteer Services Program Assistant is responsible for the training, scheduling and supervision of the Healing Music Program.


  • Possess high or excellent skill level at individual musical instrument.
  • Be observant of the designated reception area surroundings and adapt music style, playlist and/or volume as appropriate.
  • Ability to distinguish one’s own needs from those of patients, families, and staff.
  • Be flexible and sensitive to the needs of patients, families, and staff.
  • Respect diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions, and values.
  • Ability to provide a website link or sound bite sample of musical performance.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.  Volunteer applicants are asked to complete disclosure forms for a national criminal background check.


New Healing Music Volunteers are required to read the condensed orientation manual for musicians and sign the forms upon completion.  Volunteer musicians who perform on a regular basis are invited to attend a quarterly orientation for new volunteers but it is not required.  Volunteers are encouraged to attend all in-service sessions for continuing education.


Patients are extremely vulnerable to potentially life-threatening infections because their immune systems are suppressed from chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Because of this, volunteers must abide by universal precaution and infectious disease guidelines in order to protect themselves and patients.  These guidelines are listed in the Volunteer Handbook.

Annual tuberculosis testing and documentation for Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required for all Healing Music Volunteers who perform at least once a month. In addition, volunteers between the ages of 19 and 64 are recommended to receive a single dose of the Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.  Healing Music Volunteers who perform less frequently are not required to maintain medical compliance as listed above, but must be free of any cold or flu symptoms when volunteering.


  • Personal satisfaction and growth from providing assistance to patients, families, and staff.
  • Experience performing in a unique setting.
  • Opportunities to interact with families from varying cultures and parts of the world.
  • Ability to provide comfort and relief to patients undergoing cancer treatment.
  • An opportunity to support the mission of the SCCA.