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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.

 
 
 
 
The AMTA office will close at noon on December 22, 2014 and reopen after the new year on January 5, 2015. In order to process your AMTA product/publication order in a timely fashion, please be advised that any December order must be received no later than Friday, December 19th, 12 noon EST. Orders placed after that time will be filled immediately upon our return beginning January 5, 2015.
 

2015 Membership in AMTA:
A Worthwhile Investment

Membership for the 2015 calendar year is now being accepted in the online store.  Invest in your profession and invest in improving your practice of music therapy!  The more music therapists who support AMTA's mission by becoming a member in 2015, the better we can address our mission, to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services, and the better your membership becomes! 

Log in with your online account credentials and go to the online store.  Then Shop for: "Membership" and click "Go."  Select your desired type of membership, put it in your shopping cart and check out. It's that easy!  Or, if you prefer, print out a 2015 Membership form and mail in your payment to AMTA, 8455 Colesville Rd., Ste. 1000, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.

Don't let your membership benefits end, renew today!  And if you've never been a member before, check out this page for all the benefits membership in AMTA brings you.

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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.

 

 

Music Therapy in Larry's Life

In her daily work, board certified music therapist Moreen Bosch sees the impact of music and therapy on the lives of many individuals as well as on their families and other caregivers. Photojournalist Benjamin Hager captured some of Moreen's work on film, including her interaction with Larry and an interview with his wife. Take a few minutes to hear about music therapy from the perspective of a family member, and to see Larry's contentment and engagement when making music with Moreen in music therapy.

 

 

Looking for those last few CMTE credits?  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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More to Come:

Other AMTA E-courses focusing on clinical practice and on professional issues will follow.  To find this and other CMTE Courses as they are unveiled, go to Bookstore>Visit the Bookstore and Shop for: Merchandise, Category: E-courses and click the Go button.  Or go directly there by clicking here.  For more information on the new AMTA E-course series, go to Member Resources>Continuing Music Therapy Education, or click here.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
AMTA Board of Directors Update
Updates and news following the 2014 annual conference. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Get Your Holiday Orders in Before AMTA Office Winter Break
The AMTA office will close at noon on December 22, 2014 and reopen after the new year on January 5, 2015. In order to process your AMTA product/publication order in a timely fashion, please be advised that any December order must be received no later than Friday, December 19th, 12 noon EST. Orders placed after that time will be filled immediately upon our return beginning on January 5, 2015. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Call for Nominations MTP Editorial Board
Seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives, for a 6-year term. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
U.S. Office of Personnel Management - Multi-State Plan Program Advisory Board
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is seeking qualified individuals to serve on an Advisory Board for the Multi-State Plan (MSP) Program. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to exchange information, ideas, and recommendations regarding OPM’s administration of the MSP Program, including plan design, branding and marketing, network adequacy, and other topics. Representatives may include public health and/or healthcare professionals or members of consumer advocacy groups. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
2014 AMTA Awards
Congratulations to all awardees, grant and scholarship winners at the 2014 AMTA Annual Conference! Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Candidates for President Elect & Vice President Elect
The AMTA Nominating Committee worked this fall to identify potential candidates for the offices of AMTA President Elect and Vice President Elect. The slate was approved in November by the AMTA Board of Directors and presented at the AMTA Business meetings during the annual conference. Continue Reading
 
Monday, December 1, 2014
Remember AMTA on #GivingTuesday
Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. The AMTA Board of Directors and the AMTA national office staff have all donated to AMTA this year—please join us and be part of this global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
2014 Conference Memories
Click on the link below to review, remember, and even order a print if you like! Thanks to Meagan Jordan Photography for the fantastic photos! Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
AMTA Meets with Music & Memory
AMTA Executive Director Dr. Andi Farbman met with the founder and Executive Director of “Music and Memory,” Dan Cohen, MSW, and Music and Memory Board member, Dr. Connie Tomaino, LCAT, MT-BC, on Friday, November 21, 2014, to discuss ways to differentiate what “Music and Memory” programs provide from what board certified music therapists provide and to clarify the language used to describe staff who are trained to develop personalized music listening programs for elders. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Possible Recall on Power Banks
AMTA recently learned of a recall on some "power bank" models similar to the one that was sold on our website and at the AMTA conference in 2014. If you purchased a purple “Recharge with Music Therapy” power bank, please read this important recall notice and check your device. If your product is covered by the recall, please discontinue using it and contact AP Specialties at the toll free contact information provided for a replacement. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Upcoming Music Therapy Documentary
Several AMTA members and Board Certified Music Therapists are involved with this project. You can support "Music is My Therapy" and the documentary filmmakers through their Kickstarter campaign. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Grants Awarded in Puget Sound Region
AMTA is pleased to announce the awarding of eight Clinician Small Grants as part of the Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project (WTMTP). Continue Reading