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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 AMTA National Conference

Be sure to make your plans today to head to Sandusky, Ohio, November 10-13, 2016, to learn with us, "Under the Canopy."  

There is still time to register and save on your AMTA Annual Conference Registration. After October 5, 2016, midnight (Eastern Time), registration rates will increase for both students and professionals for go online to register or mail in your registration today!

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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."

 

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.

 

2016 Membership in AMTA

Your membership pays for itself if you attend just 1 national conference, need just 1 journal subscription, or register for 5 online CMTE courses... and there's a long list of other benefits you might not be aware ofThe 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 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.

 

Music Therapy & Medicine: Partnerships in Care

Wondering what music therapy looks like? Watch this video to learn more about one of its applications.

 

Latest News

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
AMTA Grants Help Music Therapy Services Expand in Puget Sound Region.
Recent site visits to grantees reveal significant progress in expanding music therapy services to individuals in the Puget Sound region of Washington. The Wilson Trust Music Therapy project is a program of the American Music Therapy Association. » Download Document
 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Music Therapy and Cancer Patients: Cochrane Review Update:
Congratulations to Dr. Joke Bradt (Drexel University) and her colleagues Dr. Cheryl Dileo (Temple University), Dr. Lucanne Magill (New York University) and Aaron Teague (Drexel University) for the publication of their updated Cochrane review: ‘Music Interventions for improving psychological and physical outcomes in cancer patients’. The update is highlighted as a feature review on the main website of the Cochrane Collaboration (www.cochrane.org). Continue Reading
 
Friday, August 12, 2016
2016 AMTA Member/Music Therapist Survey
One of the most important things you do each year as a music therapist and member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. Please go to the following url no later than September 15, 2016 and enter your survey responses at a time that is most convenient for you. Help us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession. Continue Reading
 
Friday, July 29, 2016
Senate Hearing 25th Anniversary
On August 1, 1991, "Forever Young: Music and Aging" was heard before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. The hearing included testimony by music therapists, musicians, physicians, legislators, and clients in support of music therapy. Click to read highlights and memories of this historic event. Continue Reading
 
Monday, July 25, 2016
New AMTA-pro Podcast: Funding Music Therapy through Philanthropy
Based on their experience in successfully funding and expanding a pediatric hospital-based music therapy program through philanthropy, Dr. Annie HeiderscheIt and Jana Koppula are particularly aware of the importance of understanding the complex aspects of donor relationships in order to build and maintain a philanthropically funded program. Continue Reading
 
Friday, July 22, 2016
Concurrent Sessions & Meetings at #AMTA16
The concurrent session and meeting schedule at the 2016 AMTA Conference is now posted online. Click to read more about your educational opportunities at the music therapy event of the year! Continue Reading
 
Monday, July 18, 2016
Board of Directors' Meeting Highlights
The AMTA Board of Directors' mid-year meeting was very productive. Highlights included 1st person accounts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Senate Hearing on Aging; a journal report from Oxford University Press; an overall orientation; financial introduction, review of Fiscal Year 2016, approval of 2017 Budget; reports from 3 Councils & the MLE subcommittee; & reports from officers & staff. Draft motions from the 2016 Mid-Year meeting are included at the end of this report. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
AMTA E-course Sale
"Disaster Response for Music Therapists: Core Principles of Psychological First Aid" is now being offered FREE through the end of the 2016 calendar year. Current AMTA members and non-members alike may take advantage of this short-term sale. Check out this and many other online courses for your CMTE credit needs. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
New AMTA-pro Podcast, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital: MT & AT
The unique goals of court-committed adults are being addressed in interesting ways by the team of music therapist Alison Etter and art therapist Jaimie Peterson in a forensic psychiatric hospital. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Etter and Peterson describe a number of creative collaborative interventions giving their clients opportunities to be involved in a performances, exhibits, broadcasts, and publications. AMTA-pro is a benefit of membership in AMTA. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
AMTA Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates
The AMTA Nominating Committee is now considering potential candidates to be placed on the slate for the offices of AMTA President Elect and Vice President Elect. If you are interested in placing someone’s name into consideration for one of these offices, please read on. Continue Reading