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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.


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.



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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.

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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.

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: 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.  

Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on E-course Purchases

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 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."
  • 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.

Latest News

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
2014 Conference Preliminary Program Now Available
Download the Preliminary Program to learn more about educational opportunities at the 2014 AMTA Conference. Look inside to learn more and plan your conference experience at the 2014 Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Go to the conference webpage and click on the Preliminary Program link. Continue Reading
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Music Therapy Advocacy in Action
Music therapists meet with the upper-tier staff of The Bridge to brainstorm possibilities of music therapy serving individuals who are homeless in the Dallas area. Continue Reading
Thursday, July 10, 2014
AMTA Nominating Committee Seeking Candidates
The AMTA Nominating Committee is now considering names of potential candidates to be placed on the slate for the offices of AMTA President Elect and Vice President Elect. The slate will be presented at the AMTA Business meeting in November 2014, and the election will be held in late 2015. Officers elected by the professional membership will begin serving in January 2016. Continue Reading
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Journal of Music Therapy 51(2) is On Its Way
The second issue of the Journal of Music Therapy (Volume 51, Issue 2), is now on its way to members’ and subscribers’ mailboxes Continue Reading
Thursday, July 3, 2014
RI Music Therapy Legislation Signed Into Law
The American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists are excited to announce that, on June 30, 2014, Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island signed into law HB 7131. Continue Reading
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Music Therapy Research Steps Onto World Stage
Leading music therapists and neuro-scientists from around the world will meet with composers, parents and other stakeholders at Goldsmiths University of London to develop a music therapy research agenda for fragile infants at the inaugural meeting of Mandari. Continue Reading
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Can Music Save Lives? on The Huffington Post
AMTA Past President Ronna Kaplan discusses this question and Robin Spielberg's TEDx Talk in her latest column at The Huffington Post: "Robin asks, 'Can music save a life?' She can't say that for sure, but what she can and will tell you for sure is that music can have a life-changing effect on your life or that of your loved one." Continue Reading
Friday, June 20, 2014
AMTA Presents: Journal of Music Therapy 51(1) On Its Way!
The first issue of the NEW Journal of Music Therapy, Volume 51, Issue 1, is now on its way to members’ and subscribers’ mailboxes. Continue Reading
Monday, June 16, 2014
Dr. Daniel Levitin: "Music & Your Health"
Dr. Daniel Levitin was featured in the June 9, 2014 interview hosted by the American Psychological Association’s Speaking of Psychology podcast interview series. Episode 11 of the podcast series titled, “Music and your Health” is online now. Dr. Levitin clarifies for the listening audience the definition of music therapy citing the American Music Therapy Association. Continue Reading
Monday, June 16, 2014
Music Therapy Program Helps Family Cope with Tragedy
See the powerful work of Stacie Aamon Yeldell, MT-BC, helping two siblings and a family from Guam deal with cancer and loss. Continue Reading
Friday, June 13, 2014
AMTA-pro Podcast: Music Therapy & Early Brain Development
Another valuable resource for music therapy professionals, interns, and students, this AMTA-Pro podcast features a discussion with our music therapy colleague, Dr. Becky Wellman. Available to current AMTA members as a benefit of their membership in AMTA. Continue Reading
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
TEDx with Robin Spielberg: The Healing Power of Music
AMTA-Spokesperson, Robin Spielberg, beautifully portrays the importance of music and the value of music therapy in today's society in this TEDxLancaster talk. Continue Reading