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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.

 
 
 
 

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Even though the Early Registration deadline has passed, you can still register for the 2015 AMTA Conference and save up to $100.  Both Student and Professional rates increase after October 7, 2015 at midnight Eastern time, so watch the above videos to learn about all the great courses and offerings you don't want to miss out on and then register today!

2015 Annual Conference of the
American Music Therapy Association

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Music Therapy:
A Continuum of Growth

November 12-15, 2015
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crowne Center
Kansas City, Missouri

Online Registration Now Open

Check out the Preliminary Program for a list of scheduled concurrent sessions, CMTE courses, special intensive training courses, trending topics and meeting schedule. 

Be sure to register by the Early Registration Deadline
August 3, 2015 for the biggest savings on your conference registration!!

AMTA 2015 Membership: A Worthwhile Investment

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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. Or contact us at 301-589-3300 and we'll be happy to help you over the phone.

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.

 

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 Therapists are "Persons of the Week"

On the March 6, 2015 airing of ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir applauded "all the music therapists" for the wonderful work they do. Highlighting Congresswoman Gabby Giffords' rehabilitation with Maegan Morrow and a number of other music therapists around the country, David named music therapists as their "Persons of the Week."


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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 CMTE credits and continuing music therapy education?  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.

Latest News

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Friday, August 21, 2015
Music Therapy Protocol in Ambulatory Surgery Found Beneficial
Board certified music therapists affiliated with University Hospitals Case Medical Center along with colleagues at Case Western Reserve University and Geisinger Health System published a study in the current issue of "Journal of Clinical Oncology" examining the use of a music therapist-facilitated perioperative protocol on outcomes among oncology patients undergoing ambulatory breast surgery. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, August 20, 2015
2015 AMTA Member/Music Therapist Survey
Help us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Illinois Legislation Announcement
AMTA & CBMT are excited to announce that, on August 18, 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois signed into law SB 1595. As a study bill, this legislation creates a Music Therapy Advisory Group charged with exploring the feasibility of regulating music therapy practice in Illinois & submitting a findings report & recommendations to the state. Many thanks to the members of the Illinois Task Force and to all music therapists in Illinois for their work, dedication, & advocacy for this legislation. Continue Reading
 
Friday, August 7, 2015
Nominations Sought for 2015 Member Recognition Awards
AMTA Member Recognition Awards are a great way to acknowledge outstanding members. Nominations are requested to recognize deserving members for their professional work, AMTA service, research and publications, etc. The due date for nominations is September 4th the Friday BEFORE Labor Day. Please mark your calendar and submit nominations, or remind others to submit their nominations to recognize deserving members. Continue Reading
 
Friday, August 7, 2015
Upcoming AMTA Officer Elections
To give AMTA members the opportunity to interact with the candidates for the office of President Elect and Vice President Elect, the Nominating Committee will use the AMTA website to post candidates’ responses to questions submitted by members. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, July 23, 2015
2015 Conference Preliminary Program
The Official Preliminary Program for the AMTA 2015 Annual Conference is now available online. Get the latest conference scoop, including scheduled concurrent sessions, CMTE courses, special intensive training courses, trending topics and meeting schedule. Don't miss your chance to save on attending the biggest music therapy event of the year; register before August 3, for early rates!! Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA
President Obama welcomed 150 guests to a grand ADA celebration and press conference on July 20th. AMTA Executive Director, Andi Farbman, and her husband, Robert Burgdorf were among the guests at the White House celebration. Continue Reading
 
Monday, July 20, 2015
New AMTA-pro Podcast: Defining the Therapeutic Function of Music
In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Dr. Deanna Hanson-Abromeit overviews an article published in Music Therapy Perspectives, Volume 33, “A Conceptual Methodology to Define the Therapeutic Function of Music.” The article proposes an ante-hoc worksheet to articulate the Therapeutic Function of Music (TFM) Plan. Continue Reading
 
Saturday, July 18, 2015
MTR 2025 Progress Report
On July 16, 2015, nearly 60 music therapists and half a dozen guests from partner-organizations gathered to discuss guidance for research in music therapy. This innovative and interesting research symposium, “IMPROVING ACCESS AND QUALITY: MUSIC THERAPY RESEARCH 2025,” included an array of topics designed to stimulate conversation and input to offer recommendations and guidance for future research to advance the profession of music therapy forward. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Music Therapy Matters, Vol 18, No 2 Published
Music Therapy Matters, Volume 18, Number 2 is now available for current AMTA members at www.musictherapy.org. Continue Reading
 
Monday, July 6, 2015
New AMTA E-course: Music Therapy Intern Supervision
AMTA is pleased to announce the launch of "Music Therapy Intern Supervision: A Training E-course for Intern Supervisors." This new AMTA E-course was developed by Jane Creagan and AMTA’s Association Internship Approval Committee. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Music Therapy License in Oregon Signed Into Law
AMTA and CBMT are excited to announce that, on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, Governor Kate Brown of Oregon signed into law HB 2796. This legislation creates a music therapy license in Oregon through the Health Licensing Office. Many thanks to the members of the Oregon Task Force (Jodi Winnwalker-Chair, Lillieth Grand, Dawn Iwamasa, Laura Beer, Chris Korb, Ted Owen, Melissa Potts, and Adam Young) and to all the music therapists in Oregon for their work, dedication, and advocacy for this legislation. Continue Reading