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Music Therapy Makes a Difference

Music Therapy Makes a Difference

The mission of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.

 
What is the Profession of Music Therapy?

What is the Profession of Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical & evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

 
How Does Music Therapy Work?

How Does Music Therapy Work?

Music therapy interventions can be designed to address a variety of healthcare & educational goals: Promote Wellness, Manage Stress, Alleviate Pain, Express Feelings, Enhance Memory, Improve Communication, Promote Physical Rehabilitation and more

 
Where Do Music Therapists Work?

Where Do Music Therapists Work?

Music therapists work in medical hospitals, treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, schools, community mental health centers, drug & alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities & more.

 
What Do Music Therapists Do?

What Do Music Therapists Do?

Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, & cognitive skills through musical responses; design music interventions for individuals and groups based on client needs; & follow up progress.

 
Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?

Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?

Children, adolescents, adults, & the elderly with mental health needs, developmental & learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease, aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, acute and chronic pain, & more.

 
Does Research Support Music Therapy?

Does Research Support Music Therapy?

AMTA promotes a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music as therapy through publication of the "Journal of Music Therapy," "Music Therapy Perspectives" & other sources. A substantial body of literature exists to support its effectiveness.

 
 
 
 

2016 Membership in AMTA

The work AMTA does on behalf of music therapists and those who receive music therapy services benefits you whether you are a member or not; please consider supporting that work with your 2016 membership. Become a shareholder in the future of your profession!

Still need more reasons you should join AMTA in 2016? Watch these videos about how AMTA membership benefits music therapists like YOU!

You can renew your membership online by clicking "Join AMTA" to the left, or print out a membership application and mail in your payment. More benefits of membership in AMTA.

 

Mission of the American Music Therapy Association

The mission of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.

 

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • Promote Wellness
  • Manage Stress
  • Alleviate Pain
  • Express Feelings
  • Enhance Memory
  • Improve Communication
  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings. For further information, please explore the rest of this site including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and the 2014 press release, "Setting the Record Straight: What Music Therapy Is... and Is Not."

 

 

Music Therapists are "Persons of the Week"

On the March 6, 2015 airing of ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir applauded "all the music therapists" for the wonderful work they do. Highlighting Congresswoman Gabby Giffords' rehabilitation with Maegan Morrow and a number of other music therapists around the country, David named music therapists as their "Persons of the Week."


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Looking for CMTE credits and continuing music therapy education?  Check out AMTA's series of online, affordable, continuing education courses

Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on E-course Purchases in the AMTA Online Store

After you make your purchase and follow the instructions to check out and pay, your e-course workbook can be downloaded logging in on the AMTA website, then going to My Account>My Transactions>My Downloadable Products.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Support Music Therapy Just By Shopping
Did you know you can lend your financial support to AMTA's mission without spending one extra penny? When you shop online at Amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, same products, same prices, same service. Support AMTA this year by starting your shopping with a click... at smile.amazon.com. Just click link on the bottom left of the AMTA homepage. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
JMT Features Special Issue On Arts Based Research
AMTA's "Journal of Music Therapy" (JMT) currently is featuring an issue on arts based research. Guest Editor, Dr. Jane Edwards coordinated the special issue and is highlighted in an interview published by the Oxford University Press blog site. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Share Your Knowledge, Research, Expertise & MUSIC!
Proposals are now being accepted for the 2016 AMTA Conference “Under the Canopy: The Profession of Music Therapy” at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, November 9 to 13. Click on Attend a Conference and submit your proposal today! Please note separate forms are required for concurrent sessions and CMTE courses. Deadline for all proposal submissions is April 18, 2016. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Music Therapy Matters Monthly - January 2016
AMTA’s quarterly newsletter, "Music Therapy Matters," has been transformed into a monthly brief focusing on the work AMTA does for YOU. Coming straight to your inbox, this newsletter will be filled with important and timely information, as well as money-saving discounts! The inaugural January issue is available to the public for all to see, but will become a benefit for members only starting in February. Don’t miss out on this member perk, join AMTA today! Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
AMTA-pro: Music Therapy for Survivors of Violence
Violence against women is recognized by the WHO as a serious and pervasive healthcare issue internationally. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Dr. Sandi Curtis, music therapy professor and clinician, talks about the need for music therapists to be well informed about the latest in research and clinical strategies for helping victims recover and thrive. Log in with your current member email address and password to listen to this and other AMTA-pro podcasts. Continue Reading
 
Monday, January 11, 2016
Election Results Announcement - 2016-17 Term
We are pleased to welcome Amber Weldon-Stephens as AMTA President Elect and Kristen O'Grady as Vice President Elect to the AMTA Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 term. Thanks to all who voted. Continue Reading
 
Monday, January 4, 2016
New 2016 AMTA-pro Podcast
"Therapeutic Musicians and Music Therapists" with Judy Simpson and Dee Sweeney. Available to current 2016 members of AMTA. Log in with your member email address and password, then go to the AMTA-pro entry page to listen. Continue Reading
 
Friday, December 18, 2015
President Obama Signs Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. ESSA marks the first overhaul of the nation's main elementary and secondary education law since the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the nation’s national education law, the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Continue Reading
 
Thursday, December 17, 2015
New ASD Resources Now Available
Check out the many new Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder resources for both the general public and for members only that have just been posted on the AMTA website. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, December 17, 2015
2015 Workforce Study Available
Valuable information about the music therapy profession can be found in AMTA's annually published "AMTA Member Survey and Workforce Analysis, A Descriptive Statistical Profile of the AMTA Membership." The 2015 edition of this document is available free of charge for current AMTA members in Member Resources>Job Center>Resources and Links section. Available for purchase by non-2015 members in the AMTA online bookstore. Continue Reading
 
Monday, December 14, 2015
Discounts at West Music with 2016 AMTA Membership
As a show of support for AMTA membership, our friends at West Music would like to offer AMTA members exclusive discounts on merchandise purchased through the West Music website. The earlier you join, the more chances to save! See your 2016 member welcome email (which you'll receive after you renew your membership) for ordering details. Continue Reading
 
Friday, December 11, 2015
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 18, Number 4 Published
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 18, Number 4 is now available for current AMTA members at www.musictherapy.org.​ Log in with your current member email address and password, then click here to read on. Continue Reading