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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 Celebrates Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month by Recommending Best Practices for Collaborations with “Music & Memory” Programs

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2015 Annual Conference of the
American Music Therapy Association

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Music Therapy:
A Continuum of Growth

November 12-15, 2015
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crowne Center
Kansas City, Missouri

Online Registration Now Open

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."

 

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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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.

 

AMTA 2015 Membership: A Worthwhile Investment

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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.

 

 

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.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Music Therapy License in Oregon Signed Into Law
AMTA and CBMT are excited to announce that, on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, Governor Kate Brown of Oregon signed into law HB 2796. This legislation creates a music therapy license in Oregon through the Health Licensing Office. Many thanks to the members of the Oregon Task Force (Jodi Winnwalker-Chair, Lillieth Grand, Dawn Iwamasa, Laura Beer, Chris Korb, Ted Owen, Melissa Potts, and Adam Young) and to all the music therapists in Oregon for their work, dedication, and advocacy for this legislation. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Impact Factor Increase for Journal of Music Therapy
AMTA is proud to announce the increased impact factor for the Journal of Music Therapy. The 2014 Impact Factor number is 1.185! Continue Reading
 
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Recommended Best Practices for Collaborations with “Music & Memory” Programs
AMTA Celebrates Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month by Recommending Best Practices for Collaborations with “Music & Memory” Programs Continue Reading
 
Thursday, June 11, 2015
New AMTA-pro podcast: Music Therapy @ The Bridge
Tune in to Music Therapy @ The Bridge with Kamica King, Jennifer Ayers-Moore, and Sam Merton who discuss homelessness, homeless recovery services and how music therapy is used at a homeless recovery center in downtown Dallas. AMTA-pro is a benefit of membership in AMTA. Continue Reading
 
Monday, June 8, 2015
2015 Conference Registration Now Open
Join us in Kansas City, MO for “Music Therapy: A Continuum of Growth” for opportunities to network, get continuing education credits, make some music and enjoy Kansas City. The Opening Session of the Conference begins Thursday, November 12th at 7:30 pm, followed by over 180 concurrent sessions, networking opportunities, exhibits and special events till Sunday, November 15th. Register Early and Save! Continue Reading
 
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Professional Competencies Comparison Document Available
In November 2013, the AMTA Assembly of Delegates passed a revision of the Professional Competencies. This revision includes 3 new competencies as well as streamlined music foundation competencies. Due to the new competencies, the Assembly voted to make them effective on August 1, 2015. This allows academic programs and internship sites to update curriculum and documents. If it would be helpful to see the old & new side-by-side, you can find a comparison document in the AMTA member toolkit. Continue Reading
 
Friday, May 8, 2015
A Tribute to Richard Graham
The music therapy community mourns the passing of pioneer Dr. Richard Graham. Continue Reading
 
Friday, May 8, 2015
AMTA Working For You: Educating Music Therapists and the Public
AMTA response to arts medicine email communication. Continue Reading
 
Monday, May 4, 2015
MTR 2025: Registration Now Open
Online registration is now open for “IMPROVING ACCESS AND QUALITY: MUSIC THERAPY RESEARCH 2025” (MTR 2025) scheduled July 16-18, 2015. This is a working symposium sponsored by AMTA to recommend guidance for future research in music therapy. Interested music therapy professionals are invited to attend this meeting as general attendees and observers on a first-come, first served basis until meeting room capacity is reached. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
AMTA Welcomes New Government Relations Specialist
Maria Hricko Fay, LSW, LCAT, MT-BC has recently joined the AMTA team in a part-time consultant position of Government Relations Specialist. Continue Reading
 
Monday, April 13, 2015
AMTA-pro Podcast "Music-Centered Music Therapy"
Music therapists recognize clients often want the same thing from music therapy as all people want from music: an essentially musical experience that meets an inborn need. In music-centered thinking, musical experiences are not merely tools to nonmusical ends, but can also serve as appropriate goals of music therapy. Dr. Ken Aigen discusses in this new AMTA-pro podcast available to current AMTA members. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Ukelele Club Donates Instruments to Music Therapy Programs
Friend of music therapy Corey Bergman and his Ukulele Kids Club was recently featured on "NBC Nightly News." The organization has donated over 500 ukuleles to music therapy programs. Continue Reading