Meet McLaren Greater Lansing's Therapeutic Musicians

Tess Miller, DMA, CMP

Dr. Miller is a Michigan-based performer, flute instructor, and therapeutic musician. She became a Certified Music Practitioner® through the Music for Healing and Transition Program™ and has been providing live, prescribed, healing music at the bedside of patients at McLaren Greater Lansing since February 2015. Dr. Miller plays regularly with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and freelances throughout Michigan. She has recorded a CD on the White Pine Record label with the GLAM Ensemble and performs regularly with Extreme Duality and the Durant Street Wind Quintet. She teaches applied flute lessons at Albion, Olivet, and Alma Colleges in addition to maintaining an active studio at the MSU Community Music School. She lives in St. Johns, MI with her husband Scott R. Harding and daughter Roslyn.

Melissa Angel Straus, D.M.A., CMP, Double Bass

Melissa is a Certified Music Practitioner, providing therapeutic music at the bedside of the ill or dying at McLaren Great Lansing Hospital. The former Principal Bass of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, she feels that her orchestral experience enhances her therapeutic skills with patients. “Following a patient’s breath is a bit like allowing them to conduct the music -that can help with anxiety and pain.” An avid soloist and recitalist, Melissa has performed on faculty recitals at Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Alma College, and Hope College as well as contemporary venues such as LadyFest. She is the lower half of Extreme Duality, a flute/bass duo with Tess Miller who also is a CMP working at McLaren. Melissa also currently teaches at Hope College.

Patients or family members can request therapeutic music before or after admission to the hospital by calling the chaplain’s office at (517) 975-6010, or asking their nurse.