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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.


Join AMTA Today for the 2014 Calendar Year

Joining AMTA is easy! Click on the "Join AMTA" button, or search "membership" in the AMTA store, log in with your email address and password, and purchase your desired membership type in the online store to be sure and keep receiving your member benefits on January 1st.

Check out even more reasons to join AMTA here!

You can even print out a 2014 membership form and mail in your payment to AMTA, 8455 Colesville Rd., Ste. 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or call 301-589-3300 to pay your membership over the phone.

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.




New E-courses Available in the AMTA Online Store

Announcing the launch of the new AMTA E-course: "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 explores music therapy for infants and toddlers, exploring the manner in which very young children learn through play, and discussing considerations for planning effective music therapy for little ones. Ronna Kaplan talks about music therapy in preschool groups, using examples from her experiences at The Music Settlement and community outreach programs, and providing details about the Hierarchical Model of Music Therapy and the Art Integration Model. Amy Furman discusses the application of music in therapy for young children in the public schools, based on her extensive experience in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Amy provides numerous examples of programmatic and IEP-specific music therapy in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Ten Take-Away Points, numerous supplemental resources and other helpful links, references, and materials are a valuable bonus with a complimentary copy of the 62-page booklet from the well-received 2011 AMTA Institute, "Developmental Approaches to Early Childhood Music Therapy."

Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts - Introductory Price:

  • Regular Cost: $150 - includes 5 CMTE credits
  • Current Members Discounted Cost: $100 - includes 5 CMTE credits
  • Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50

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:

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. Participants listen to the audio discussion at their leisure. If they choose to earn 5 CMTE credits from AMTA, a CBMT Approved Provider, participants simply must submit a CMTE Evaluation after listening to the audio.

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, allows participants to study at their leisure, and 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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Friday, April 11, 2014
Voices of the MLE – A 2013 Review
Members of the Master’s Level Entry (MLE) Subcommittee continue to work on their charge to analyze data collected, identify additional questions/information needed for an informed decision, & develop a plan to answer questions & provide information. Slides from the Jacksonville conference presentation “Voices of the MLE – A 2013 Review” which summarized work in 2012 and 2013 as well as a looked at work that needs to continue in 2014 are available. Subcommittee members welcome feedback. » Download Document
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Music Therapy Matters, Vol 17, No 1 Published
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 17, No 1 is now available for current AMTA members at Continue Reading
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
NIH Hosts Research Meeting in Partnership with AMTA
AMTA is pleased to announce that a presentation/seminar will be held April 23, 2014, on the topic of music therapy and oncology. This meeting was requested by Dr. Avi Rasooly, Program Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM). Dr. Rasooly requested a seminar and presentation on current research in music therapy and oncology for the benefit of the staff and interested program officers of the NIH. Continue Reading
Monday, April 7, 2014
JMT/MTP Associate Editor Positions - Deadline May 2
AMTA invites applicants for four Associate Editor positions. Two Associate Editors will be appointed to the Journal of Music Therapy and two to Music Therapy Perspectives. Associate Editors will work collaboratively with the Editor-In-Chief to manage the review process and advance the mission of the journals. Deadlines have been extended to May 2, 2014. Continue Reading
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Utah Music Therapy Legistlation Signed Into Law
AMTA and CBMT are excited to announce that on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Governor Gary Herbert of Utah signed into law HB 277. This legislation creates a state certification designation for board certified music therapists granted by Utah’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Continue Reading
Thursday, March 27, 2014
2014 Conference Registration Fees Announced
Join us in Louisville, Kentucky for “Pursue Your Passion for Music Therapy” and the eagerly anticipated Networking Extravaganza – the 2014 Conference of the American Music Therapy Association. Conference registration will open in May. See a sneak preview of conference registration fees and hotel information by clicking on the link below. Continue Reading
Friday, March 21, 2014
Music Therapy Featured on Majoring in Music Website
Future music therapists are discovering music therapy as a college major and career path, through Several articles address considerations such as educational requirements; differentiating degrees in psychology or music vs. music therapy; figuring out whether music therapy as a profession is a "good fit;" challenges faced by music therapists; and employment in the profession. Continue Reading
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Autism Resource Now Available to AMTA Members
Want to learn more about clinical practices & training needs of music therapy practitioners serving those with Autism Spectrum Disorder? Members may view the “AMTA Strategic Priority on ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder Survey Report” to the AMTA Board of Directors in the Member Toolkit. This succinct, easy-to-understand report summarizes results of the national survey study by Petra Kern, Nicole Rivera, Alie Chandler, and Marcia Humpal, published in the 2013 Journal of Music Therapy 50(4). Continue Reading
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Music Therapy with Military Populations in Huffington Post
News of AMTA’s whitepaper “Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy” is featured by one of the largest online outlets, “The Huffington Post.” For coverage of this important policy and research report, please see this article and forward it to colleagues. Continue Reading
Monday, March 3, 2014
AMTA Releases White Paper on Music Therapy & Military
AMTA announces the publication of "Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy." This landmark report discusses the profession of music therapy with a focus on both active duty service members and veterans. Continue Reading
Monday, February 24, 2014
New AMTA-pro Podcast: The A Capella Voice
Check out this newly released podcast by Beth Schwartz, an interesting and informative discussion about developing, expanding, and exploring our voices as a therapeutic tool. Available to current AMTA members as a benefit of their membership in AMTA. Continue Reading
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The 4th Annual Social Media Advocacy Month
In January 2014, dozens of music therapy bloggers and podcasters working with with the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) successfully spread the word about music therapy advocacy and the State Recognition Operational Plan through multiple social media channels. Continue Reading