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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 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.

 

2016 Membership in AMTA

Your membership pays for itself if you attend just 1 national conference, need just 1 journal subscription, or register for 5 online CMTE courses... and there's a long list of other benefits you might not be aware ofThe work AMTA does on behalf of music therapists and those who receive music therapy services benefits you whether you are a member or not; please consider supporting that work with your membership. Become a shareholder in the future of your profession!

Still need more reasons you should join AMTA in 2016? Watch these videos about how AMTA membership benefits music therapists like YOU!

You can renew your membership online by clicking "Join AMTA" to the left, or print out a membership application and mail in your payment.

 

2016 AMTA National Conference

Be sure to make your plans today to head to Sandusky, Ohio, November 10-13, 2016, to learn with us, "Under the Canopy."  Click here for the latest information. Registration is now open!

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Music Therapy & Medicine: Partnerships in Care

Wondering what music therapy looks like? Watch this video to learn more about one of its applications.

 

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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Friday, July 29, 2016
Senate Hearing 25th Anniversary
On August 1, 1991, "Forever Young: Music and Aging" was heard before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. The hearing included testimony by music therapists, musicians, physicians, legislators, and clients in support of music therapy. Click to read highlights and memories of this historic event. Continue Reading
 
Monday, July 25, 2016
New AMTA-pro Podcast: Funding Music Therapy through Philanthropy
Based on their experience in successfully funding and expanding a pediatric hospital-based music therapy program through philanthropy, Dr. Annie HeiderscheIt and Jana Koppula are particularly aware of the importance of understanding the complex aspects of donor relationships in order to build and maintain a philanthropically funded program. Continue Reading
 
Friday, July 22, 2016
Concurrent Sessions & Meetings at #AMTA16
The concurrent session and meeting schedule at the 2016 AMTA Conference is now posted online. Click to read more about your educational opportunities at the music therapy event of the year! Continue Reading
 
Monday, July 18, 2016
Board of Directors' Meeting Highlights
The AMTA Board of Directors' mid-year meeting was very productive. Highlights included 1st person accounts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Senate Hearing on Aging; a journal report from Oxford University Press; an overall orientation; financial introduction, review of Fiscal Year 2016, approval of 2017 Budget; reports from 3 Councils & the MLE subcommittee; & reports from officers & staff. Draft motions from the 2016 Mid-Year meeting are included at the end of this report. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
AMTA E-course Sale
"Disaster Response for Music Therapists: Core Principles of Psychological First Aid" is now being offered FREE through the end of the 2016 calendar year. Current AMTA members and non-members alike may take advantage of this short-term sale. Check out this and many other online courses for your CMTE credit needs. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
New AMTA-pro Podcast, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital: MT & AT
The unique goals of court-committed adults are being addressed in interesting ways by the team of music therapist Alison Etter and art therapist Jaimie Peterson in a forensic psychiatric hospital. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Etter and Peterson describe a number of creative collaborative interventions giving their clients opportunities to be involved in a performances, exhibits, broadcasts, and publications. AMTA-pro is a benefit of membership in AMTA. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
AMTA Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates
The AMTA Nominating Committee is now considering potential candidates to be placed on the slate for the offices of AMTA President Elect and Vice President Elect. If you are interested in placing someone’s name into consideration for one of these offices, please read on. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Announcing A Special Benefit for Music Therapists in 2016
To support Board Certified Music Therapists' on the topic of crises, disasters, and trauma, AMTA is now offering the newest e-course, "Disaster Response for Music Therapists: Core Principles of Psychological First Aid" free to current AMTA members and non-members from now through the end of the 2016 calendar year. Continue Reading
 
Monday, June 6, 2016
New AMTA-pro Podcast: Music Therapy Goals from a Musical Perspective
In this AMTA-Pro podcast, a group of experienced music therapy professionals - Brian Abrams, Kathleen Murphy, Noah Potvin, and Laurel Young - converse about several informed perspectives on ways in which both music therapy processes and goals can be understood in terms of music. AMTA-pro is a benefit of membership in AMTA. Continue Reading
 
Friday, June 3, 2016
Music Therapy Title Protection Created in CT
AMTA and CBMT are excited to announce that, on May 27, 2016, Governor Malloy of Connecticut signed into law HB 5537. This legislation includes language stating that music therapy services can only be provided by those who hold the MT-BC credential. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, June 2, 2016
USAF and Music Therapy Representatives Meet
Brigadier General Kathleen Cook convened an historic meeting on May 26, 2016, to explore the possibility of collaborations between the Air Force Bands and music therapy programs at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Langley Air Force Base, and Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Music Therapy Keynote Wows NIH Rehabilitation Summit
“The Same Sky Project,” was an “out of the box” keynote address for the two-day National Institutes of Health (NIH) summit, “Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward.” This production put music therapy on the radar of attendees and served as a catalyst for questions about research and reimbursement in music therapy and training of music therapists. Continue Reading