Who We Are

Accorda is a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) and is licensed by the Higher Education Coordinating Committee (HECC) in the state of Oregon as a Private Career School.

Our Mission

Accorda Music-Thanatology Institute will provide education, training, and formation for those who are called to the work of music-thanatology and for all who seek to transform palliative and end-of-life care in the world.

Our Purpose

Music-thanatology is a much sought-after service in end-of-life care. Knowing that our professional field is only as vital as our training programs, Accorda seeks to ensure that there will be well-trained professionals to fill positions seeking to employ music-thanatologists. 

By training music-thanatologists who can provide the transformative service of prescriptively delivered harp and vocal music, we will help transform the palliative care and end-of-life experience for patients, their loved ones, and the communities that support them.

Our Values

Accorda Music-Thanatology Institute is a principle and value-centered organization that strives for excellence in end-of-life care. As such we value:

  • Dignity – respect for all persons
  • Compassion – showing non-judgmental kindness to all people
  • Integrity – doing what is right to the best of our abilities in every situation
  • Professionalism – confidentiality, and reliability
  • Willingness to risk and to grow – always striving to improve as individuals and as an organization.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which the way people die, and the end-of-life experience of patients, their families, communities, and society has changed for the better because enough professional, certified music-thanatologists are available to provide support and comfort for anyone who wants this service.