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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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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 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.

For more personal stories about the benefits of music therapy, click here.

Latest News

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Outcome of 2012 AMTA Clinician Based Research Award
Research on the use of music therapy for post-operative pain management conducted by Kirsten Nelson, MA, MT-BC, Mary Adamek, PhD, MT-BC and Charmaine Kleiber, PhD, RN, FAAN is available in the latest edition of Pain Management Nursing. The American Music Therapy Association provided funding for this project through the 2012 Clinician Based Research Award. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
NIH Workshop Paves Way for Increased Music Therapy Research
The National Institutes of Health, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and renowned soprano, Renée Fleming, launched a new partnership with an historic research workshop, “Music and the Brain: Research Across the Lifespan,” on January 26-27, 2017. Attended by some 100 participants, the NIH workshop included 25 panelists--leading neuroscientists and clinicians, 8 of whom were music therapists. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
6th Annual Social Media Advocacy Month
Dozens of music therapy bloggers and podcasters successfully spread the word about music therapy advocacy through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube blogs, and podcasts. Their work contributes to a national project facilitated by AMTA and CBMT as part of the joint AMTA-CBMT State Recognition Operational Plan. The January 2017 project theme centered on how music therapists can incorporate a spirit of mindfulness to their advocacy efforts. Continue Reading
 
Monday, February 6, 2017
Call for Proposals: 2017 AMTA Annual Conference
Proposal submissions for the 2017 AMTA annual conference are now being accepted. Mark your calendars for the AMTA 2017 Conference, "A Mindful Approach to Music Therapy." The Opening Session begins November 16 at 7:00 pm. Continue Reading
 
Monday, January 30, 2017
New AMTA E-course: Personalized Music Listening & Music Therapy
"Personalized Music Listening and Music Therapy: Ready Access to Favorite Tunes." Learn about personalized music listening for people in care facilities and specifically about several Music & Memory programs facilitated by board certified music therapists. The e-course includes information about research demonstrating the value of preferred music listening programs as well as cautions and safe procedures. Continue Reading
 
Monday, January 30, 2017
New Social Media Accounts for Music Therapy Journals
The American Music Therapy Association is excited to announce the launch of newly-created social media channels created to share advances in music therapy research and clinical practice. Continue Reading
 
Friday, January 27, 2017
Music Therapy Matters Monthly - January 2017
AMTA’s monthly newsletter is filled with important and timely information about the work AMTA does to further the profession and how membership in AMTA benefits YOU. This January issue is available to the public for all to see, but the newsletter will return to a members only benefit starting in February. Don’t miss out on this member perk, join AMTA today! Continue Reading
 
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Social Media Music Therapy Advocacy Month
We are halfway through 2017's Social Media Music Therapy Advocacy month! We invite you to check out the advocacy zen these music therapy bloggers have shared this month. #mtadvocacy Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
New AMTA-pro Podcast: Music Therapy Licensure in Oregon
As of January 1, 2016, music therapy is a licensed profession in Oregon. Beginning in 2007, efforts of dozens of music therapists, working with the guidance of government relations experts from AMTA and CBMT, resulted in Oregon licensure in 2016. Podcast speakers talk about that process, and they overview the necessary follow-up of the licensing legislation while encouraging music therapists in other states to step up to the plate and work diligently toward licensure. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
National Institutes of Nursing Research Grant for Music Therapy
In July 2016, The National Institutes of Nursing Research awarded music therapist Dr. Sheri Robb and colleagues a $1.4 million grant to study the effect of play interventions, such as active music engagement and storybook programs, on health outcomes in young children ages 3 to 8 undergoing chemotherapy treatment and their parents. Continue Reading