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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.