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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.


AMTA 2015 Membership: A Worthwhile Investment

Membership for the 2015 calendar year is now being accepted in the online store.  Invest in your profession and invest in improving your practice of music therapy!  The more music therapists who support AMTA's mission by becoming a member in 2015, the better we can address our mission, to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services, and the better your membership becomes! 

Log in with your online account credentials and go to the online store.  Then Shop for: "Membership" and click "Go."  Select your desired type of membership, put it in your shopping cart and check out. It's that easy!  Or, if you prefer, print out a 2015 Membership form and mail in your payment to AMTA, 8455 Colesville Rd., Ste. 1000, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. Or contact us at 301-589-3300 and we'll be happy to help you over the phone.

Don't let your membership benefits end, renew today!  And if you've never been a member before, check out this page for all the benefits membership in AMTA brings you.


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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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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.



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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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
When Music is Medicine for Kids Coping with Cancer
Board Certified Music Therapist and AMTA member, Betsy Hartman, of Seattle Children's Hospital discusses music therapy services serving children with cancer as part of a PBS Newshour story. Continue Reading
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
New Benefit for Members: AMTA Tech Stop
AMTA Tech Stop is a new member benefit from the AMTA Technology Committee: member-exclusive videos featuring "how-to" tutorials for many of the professional tasks, applications, programs, or technology used by music therapists. Continue Reading
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Livestrong Foundation Grant Programs
Music therapist Kathleen Brown brings music to Baylor Scott and White Cancer Center to help patients struggling with their treatments. Brown introduced this music therapy program in October and with the help of a grant from the Livestrong Foundation, has been able to work with 55 patients as of February 2015. Continue Reading
Monday, March 23, 2015
Music Therapists, Help Us Thank Dr. Sacks
Please help us thank Dr. Oliver Sacks for his support of the music therapy profession – Respond by April 6, 2015. Continue Reading
Friday, March 20, 2015
What 'Empire' Got Right (And Wrong) About Music Therapy
Empire's description of music therapy "isn’t just a way to shoehorn music into every aspect of the TV show. Instead, said Al Bumanis, a board-certified music therapist, the show is correct to represent music therapy as a powerful tool for people coping with mental illness." Continue Reading
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Documentary Portrays Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer Program
With the intention of raising awareness about music therapy in general and pediatric care specifically, a 30-minute documentary titled Kids Rock Cancer has been made available to Public Television and other non-commercial stations in St. Louis, Mo., and throughout the United States. Continue Reading
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Music Therapy in the Huffington Post: World News Tonight & Empire
AMTA Past President Ronna Kaplan discusses ABC's "World News Tonight with David Muir" and their recent show where all music therapists were named as their 'Persons of the Week' as well as the portrayal of a music therapist on an upcoming episode of the television show "Empire." Continue Reading
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Music Therapy Highlights: NIH-Sponsored Third National Summit on Military & Arts
Music therapist Dr. Joke Bradt, presented the opening plenary speech for the “Third National Summit: Advancing Research in the Arts for Health and Well-being across the Military Continuum” held on February 27, 2015, featuring her NIH-sponsored research on chronic pain and vocal music therapy. Continue Reading
Monday, February 23, 2015
AMTA-pro Podcast: Understanding Military Culture
After earning the rank of Captain in the US Navy & serving for 25 years, Becky Jo Watson retired & earned her MT-BC status. She recently sat down in front of the AMTA-Pro microphone to share her experiences & insights in an effort to help her music therapy colleagues understand military culture & better serve active duty military members & veterans. This informative AMTA-Pro podcast compliments the AMTA E-course, Music Therapy and Military Populations, based a 2014 AMTA status report. Continue Reading
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Music Therapy & Congresswoman Giffords
Congresswoman Gabby Giffords returned to Houston's TIRR Memorial Herman and was reunited with Board Certified Music Therapist, Maegan Morrow, with a song from "Annie." Her husband, Mark Kelly captured the moment on his phone and it was reported in the "New York Daily News." Continue Reading
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
AMTA-pro Podcast: Internat'l Perspectives from Music Therapy Students
New podcast available to current AMTA members as a benefit of membership in 2015! Tune into "International Perspectives from Music Therapy Students" with Dr. Dena Register. Continue Reading
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Music Therapy at The Bridge
An innovative music therapy program launched in November, 2014 in Dallas is an example of the results of long-term relationships established by AMTA staff and volunteer efforts of AMTA members along with the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation. Continue Reading