“It is embarrassing to admit that I was so blind to the benefits that music can provide in end-of-life situations. Thank you for opening my eyes through the sharing of your research and talent. We were enlightened and entertained by your presentation. As a result of the inspiration and direction that you provide, our hospice organization will begin utilizing music as a modality to relieve suffering and provide comfort to our patients.”Dr. Ron Hartsfield, Medical Director, Wiregrass Hospice
“As soon as the CDs arrived, my sister, who is a nurse, put on the music. It played continuously for the last three days of my mother’s life. It dramatically eased her pain, comforted family and staff, and brought dignity and calm to those last days. I can’t thank you enough.”J.A, Recording Engineer and Music Producer
“Thank you for opening our eyes to the uses of music in our clinical applications. We look forward to continuing our work with you.”Dr. V. Krecko, Child Psychiatric Unit, Penn State Medical Center
“You will never know how much your wisdom and inspiration has added to our program. As a healthcare minister I recommend the inspiration and devotion of James Schaller. James’ gift for composition, experience and talent allows for healing and transition.”Rev. Joyce Blair Buekers, MDIV, MBA, Pastoral Counselor/Integrative Therapies, Hospice of the Valle
“I attended James’ seminar and purchased his book and CDs. I have used them many times when visiting patients and also for quiet times at home. They have been a blessing in both areas. Thank you for The Healer’s Visit.”J.D., Lancaster, PA
“I highly recommend James’ work and we look forward to his next visit and training session. He really knows his work and is a valuable source of information.”Carol Wadsworth, Director of Camarillo Hospice
James Schaller C.M.P. is a clinical musician, composer, and consultant who is trained to deliver music at the bedside in medical situations. He lectures to medical teams and caregiver organizations on the use of music to reduce pain and anxiety and support recovery, and his work has grown to inspire families on how to manage their sound and media environments.
As the creator of The Healer’s Visit, James mentors thousands of volunteers in hospices, hospitals, churches, nursing homes and community service organizations in the therapeutic use of recorded and live music. His original music has been used in medical facilities throughout the world to reduce pain and anxiety and bring peace to patients and families.
As a sound designer and consultant James helps medical facilities of all sizes create custom, intentional sound environments that serve both staff and patients.
James and his partner, Maria Del Rey, have produced a series of family video and music titles that have won the Parent’s Choice Gold and Silver Awards, a Latin Grammy Nomination, Amazon.com’s Top Ten Children’s Award, a Carnegie Foundation Grant and the National Association of Parenting Publications Gold Award.
Maria and James, created The ChildGood Academy to provide parenting tools for freelance creatives with children in the formative years. They publish ChildGood Magazine The Journal for Creative Families on Apple Apps and Google Play. They also create The Healers Visit podcasts, web video series The Maria Del Rey Show, therapeutic and family music recordings and live concert and seminar events.
James plays a custom 19-string harp guitar built by San Francisco luthier Alan Perlman.