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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

The 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 2016 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. More benefits of membership in AMTA.

 

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."

Check out highlights of the latest AMTA Conference and see what you've been missing:

Music Therapy & Medicine: Partnerships in Care

 

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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CMTE Credits for Music Therapists

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, April 29, 2016
Associate Editor Appointments to JMT & MTP
The American Music Therapy Association welcomes three new Associate Editors to AMTA’s journals. Two newly created Associate Editor positions will focus on communications and dissemination of journal content, including outreach to both internal and external audiences for the many excellent articles published in the journals. Congratulations to the new Associate Editors joining the AMTA journals team. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Music Therapy License Created in Oklahoma
The American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists are excited to announce that, on April 26, 2016, Governor Fallin of Oklahoma signed into law HB 2820. This legislation creates a music therapy license under the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Music Therapy Community Mourns the Passing of Remo Belli
The music therapy community lost a friend and advocate on April 25, 2016. Remo Belli was a long time supporter of the music therapy profession and he will be missed. Continue Reading
 
Monday, April 18, 2016
AMTA Champions UND Music Therapy Program
The American Music Therapy Association respectfully urges University of North Dakota (UND) administrators to re-think their decision and to take pride in maintaining its excellent and well-established music therapy program at UND. Continue Reading
 
Friday, April 15, 2016
New: Disaster Response for Music Therapists E-course
The Disaster Response for Music Therapists e-course provides an overview of Psychological First Aid (PFA) and the core elements of the PFA certification course adapted from the American Red Cross and the Medical Reserve Corps/US Homeland Security. Presented by: Barbara Else, MPA, LCAT, MT-BC, this e-course is now available for 3 pre-approved CMTE credits in the AMTA online store. Regular Cost: $125. Current AMTA Members may purchase at a discounted rate of $75. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Music Therapy Featured in NCCIH Clinical Digest
Music therapy is featured in the April 2016 edition of NCCIH Clinical Digest, the monthly e-newsletter of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the federal focal point for medical research in the United States. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
TEDx Features Deforia Lane – A Must See
Music therapist Deforia Lane, PhD, MT-BC delivers a spell-binding and emotional TEDx talk about the power of music therapy entitled "Music Therapy & Medicine: A Dynamic Partnership" Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
New AMTA-pro Podcast: ASD Resources for Music Therapists
Marcia Humpal, chair of AMTA’s Strategic Priority on Music Therapy and ASD, tells us about the wealth of resources related to music therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder available on the AMTA website. Listen for an overview of fact sheets, research, annotated bibliographies, reports, toolkits, brochures, journal articles, training modules, and more. Some resources are specifically for families and caregivers, some for professionals in related fields, and many for music therapists. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Music Therapy & Creativity in the Huffington Post
AMTA Past President Ronna Kaplan discusses the meaning and significance of creativity and how it fits into the work of counselors, artists, and creative arts therapists in health, education, and social service settings in her latest Huffington Post column. Continue Reading
 
Monday, March 21, 2016
MT-BC Places in National Small Business Competition
Music for Wellness, LLC led by music therapist Becky Watson won 3rd Place among over 47 other businesses competing in the February 10, 2016 D’Aniello Family Foundation Business Plan Competition for Veterans. Continue Reading
 
Monday, March 14, 2016
MT-BCs Advance Research at the Cleveland Clinic
In a new and unique position, music therapist, Lisa Gallagher began a new post working with music therapists and art therapists as well as others affiliated with the Arts & Medicine Institute to conduct and publish research. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Arts Advocacy Day 2016
On March 7th and 8th of 2016, AMTA once again participated in Arts Advocacy Day as a national co-sponsor. This annual event in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Americans for the Arts, is the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country. Continue Reading