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."
AMTA's 2014 Conference
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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 Ethics, walks 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 Process. Advocacy 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.
- "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.