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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.

 
 
 
 

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."

 

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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.

 

 

Music Therapist Continuing Education - Announcing the Launch of Four New AMTA E-courses

Copyright & Intellectual Property, An Overview for Music Therapists helps increase understanding the essential components of U.S. copyright law and intellectual property is an important part of music therapy clinical practice. Similarly, it is essential that music therapists understand some basic concepts and terms about licensing and proper use of protected works in music therapy practice. At the same time, the law aims to allow the possibility for others to use and enjoy protected works. The main mechanisms in place to use protected works involve obtaining permission, typically via a variety of licensing mechanisms, depending on the purpose. 

Music Therapy & Military Populations, is based on the official 2014 briefing report Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy developed by AMTA for military leadership, military support personnel, federal government officials, representatives of arts and other related organizations, music therapy professionals, and non-profit policy makers in order to inform strategic plans for expanded and prioritized implementation of music therapy programs, research, and practice policy in the military.  This landmark report discusses the profession of music therapy with a focus on both active duty service members and veterans, explores music therapy profession’s rich, enduring contributions to readiness, rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness among America’s military populations, and presents exemplary model programs highlighting the strong foundation of published research and evidence to inform practice.

Ethical Foundations: An Overview of AMTA Code of Ethicswalks learners through a self-study review of each section of the Code of Ethics of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA, 2013) as well as a review of the preamble, the introduction, and the general standards of the AMTA Standards of Practice document (AMTA, 2013). The final section of the e-course provides some real-life scenarios raising ethical questions for consideration by the e-course learners.  The Ethical Foundations e-course is designed to equip each listener with the basic knowledge necessary for providing music therapy services in an ethical manner, and fulfills requirements by the Certification Board of Music Therapy for earning three CMTE credits focusing specifically on ethics in each 5-year recertification cycle.  

Advocacy for Music Therapy: Engage in the ProcessAdvocacy for music therapy is something we are all involved in every day as we provide quality services to our clients, as we continue our educations and sharpen our skills, as we read new research and new approaches to clinical practice, and as we talk to families, staff members, caregivers, community members, stakeholders, and decision makers. Advocacy is an ongoing process. Whether we are striving to expand our own services, to develop new jobs in our community, to expand the reach of music therapy in our area or state, or increase the general awareness of our profession, each music therapist can play a role in the process. In this AMTA E-course - “Advocacy for Music Therapy: Engage in the Process” - AMTA’s Director of Government Relations, Judy Simpson, MT-BC, teaches the fundamentals of music therapy advocacy in practical terms, helping e-course participants build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills. This AMTA E-course equips each listener with the information and tools required for being an effective advocate for music therapy with the goal of making top-quality music therapy services more accessible to individuals of all ages in a variety of clinical settings.

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.

Additional E-courses:

  • "Music Therapy in Early Childhood: Meaningful Music from Infancy to Kindergarten," featuring the work of three music therapy clinicians with many decades of experience working with young children. Marcia Humpal, Ronna Kaplan, and Amy Furman. 
  • Dr. Alicia Clair's AMTA E-course, "Music Therapy and Dementia: Protocols for Managing Problem Behaviors" includes detailed descriptions of behavior issues, theoretical framework, and operating principles for music therapy interventions, as well as step-by-step details about music therapy protocols to facilitate predictable outcomes when addressing problem behaviors resulting from dementia. 
  • The first in the AMTA E-course series, "Music Therapy Reimbursement: Sources and Steps to Success" by AMTA's Director of Government Relations, Judy Simpson, MT-BC, Managed Healthcare Professional, equips each listener with the most up-to-date tools and reimbursement information necessary for seeking reimbursement to make top-quality music therapy services more accessible to individuals of all ages in a variety of clinical settings.

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, September 11, 2014
Announcing New AMTA E-course: Copyright & Intellectual Property
AMTA's newest e-course provides an overview of copyright and intellectual property issues as they apply to music therapists. Purchase this self-study e-course in the AMTA online store (current members recieve a member discount!) and earn 3 CMTE credits for MT-BCs. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Music Therapy and the Film, "Alive Inside"
“Alive Inside,” the film that portrays personalized music listening for elders in nursing homes, is currently being shown around the country. AMTA has developed a status report and resource to assist our members and others as they deal with the results of this film and organization, including new or increased interest in providing access to music and music therapy as well as some confusion and misunderstanding about the differences between music listening and clinical music therapy. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Announcing New AMTA E-course: Music Therapy & Military Populations
AMTA announces the launch of self-study e-course "Music Therapy and Military Populations" with opportunity for MT-BCs to earn approved CMTE credits. This AMTA E-course is based on the official 2014 briefing report “Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy" developed by AMTA in 2014. Continue Reading
 
Friday, August 29, 2014
Forever Young Foundation Supports Music Therapy
NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife, Barb, presented a check for $150,000 from their philanthropic organization, the Forever Young Foundation to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento for the construction of a state-of-the-art music therapy facility in Sacramento. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, August 28, 2014
AMTA Meets with NICoE Officials
AMTA Executive Director, Dr. Andi Farbman, AMTA Director of Professional Programs, Jane Creagan, and AMTA Director of Government Relations, Judy Simpson met with Dr. Heechin Chae, the Director of the NICoE (National Intrepid Center of Excellence) Intrepid Spirit/TBI Clinic at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Continue Reading
 
Monday, August 25, 2014
AMTA-pro Podcast: MT & Infant-Directed Singing
Tune into this AMTA-Pro podcast to learn of the research of our music therapy colleague Shannon de l’Etoile related to infant-directed singing and infant self-regulation. Available to current AMTA members as a benefit of membership. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Music Therapy Grant Program Announced for Puget Sound Area
As part of The Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project, the American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce a Program Announcement: Clinician Small Grants. The purpose of this Program Announcement is to improve music therapy service availability and accessibility in the Puget Sound region of Washington. This program provides small grant funding and is open to music therapists residing in the Puget Sound region. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Music Therapy Research Featured at APA Meeting
AMTA-member, Professor Ed Roth, MM, MT-BC, of Western Michigan University, presented preliminary information from a pilot fMRI study examining mechanisms for improvisation in children at the recent annual meeting of the APA. His research partner, Dr. Charles Limb, is a renowned otolaryngologist and musician at Johns Hopkins University. The session was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Continue Reading
 
Monday, August 4, 2014
Music Therapy Featured in Washington Post
The work of AMTA-member, Tom Sweitzer, MT-BC, was portrayed in a Washington Post feature article. Tom began his career as a music educator with training in musical theater. His work with adolescents convinced him that he needed to go back and get an equivalency in music therapy, which he did and subsequently opened a music therapy center in Middleburg, VA. His center, "A Place To Be" is the focus of an upcoming documentary, "High Notes." Continue Reading
 
Friday, July 25, 2014
2014 Preliminary Program Addendum Now Available
Download the latest draft of the 2014 Conference Preliminary Program Addendum to learn all the details of CEU opportunities at AMTA Conference as of today, July 25, 2014. Look inside to learn more about Institutes, Special Trainings & CMTE courses to help you plan your conference experience at the 2014 Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Go to the conference webpage and click on the Preliminary Program Addendum link. Conference registration rates increase after August 1 so register today! Continue Reading
 
Friday, July 25, 2014
Music Therapy Matters, Vol 17, No 2 Published
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 17, No 2 is now available for current AMTA members at www.musictherapy.org Continue Reading
 
Friday, July 25, 2014
Music Therapy Perspectives 32(1) is On Its Way!
We have exciting news! MTP 32(1) is at the printer & online. Be sure to check it out when it arrives at your door, with new cover design & featuring a special focus topic with Guest Editor, Dr. Alan Turry. Advance online articles are coming online now. As a reminder, members may access the journal online through the portal in the AMTA website. Go to Research>Journals and Publications and scroll to the link titled "Music Therapy Perspectives AMTA Member Access Portal" or under QuickLinks. Continue Reading