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Welcome to the self-study AMTA E-courses from the American Music Therapy Association. Order your user-friendly AMTA E-course and receive everything you need to listen and learn at your leisure:

  1. Audio Links. The core of the AMTA E-courses is the speaker sharing their expertise and practical information to enhance your practice.
  2. E-course Workbook. The pdf document includes discussion outline, references, links, and other valuable resources related to the topic. After purchase, you may download the e-course workbook from your account on the AMTA website as many times as you need for up to one year after the purchase date. Once you download the e-course workbook to your local computer, it is yours to keep.
  3. CMTE Evaluation: Earn CMTE credits in two steps. Listen to audio discussion, then submit the CMTE Evaluation electronically.
AMTA Professional Issues E-course Series

The self-study E-courses in this series provide in-depth, practical information about the "business" of music therapy, e.g. standards of clinical practice, ethics, career enhancement, reimbursement, grantsmanship, supervision, leadership, job development, copyright, and other high-priority career and business issues.

AMTA Clinical Practice E-course Series

Music therapy clinicians share their experience and expertise about music therapy interventions, applications, strategies, protocols, research, program and service-delivery models, group management, musicianship, and other issues related to delivering quality music therapy services to a variety of populations in various settings.

The AMTA Music Therapy Intro E-course Series

This series features E-courses for continuing education credit for professionals in medicine, adjunct therapies, education, and other related fields, providing basic information about music therapy research and services. The series also includes accessible resources introducing music therapy to parents, career counselors, and other interested parties.


AMTA Self-Study E-courses Available

New!!: Music Therapy & Military Populations

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Published by: American Music Therapy Association, Inc.
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the Introductory Price:
  • Regular Cost: $125 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Members Discounted Cost: $75 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50

MusicTherapyMilitaryPops_2014_ECourseCoverThe Music Therapy and Military Populations AMTA E-course is based on a 2014 status report titled, Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy presented by the American Music Therapy Association in 2014. It is a briefing paper for military leadership, military support personnel, federal government officials, representatives of arts and other related organizations, music therapy professionals, and non-profit policy makers. The information provides the groundwork to improve access to music therapy services among military populations and to inform strategic plans for expanded and prioritized implementation of music therapy programs, research, and practice policy in the military. This AMTA E-course allows board certified music therapists an opportunity to earn 3 CMTE credits approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists by reading the briefing paper and submitting the required CMTE Evaluation form. This landmark report discusses the profession of music therapy with a focus on both active duty service members and veterans, and explores music therapy profession’s rich, enduring contributions to readiness, rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness among America’s military populations. The white paper presents exemplary model programs and highlights the strong foundation of published research and evidence to inform practice. Recommendations contained in the paper span research, policy, and program development. Fascinating and important research in music therapy interventions on topics affecting today’s service members and their families is active and growing among various related populations. It is critically important for this research to be tested, replicated and conducted with service members and veterans. Recommendations in the area of practice policy include a call for an updated review of federal job classifications that enable board certified music therapists to provide music therapy interventions.

Publish date, August 2014

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will read the entire briefing report and learn details about current music therapy treatment, programs, and practice policy with military populations. (CBMT 2010 Scope of Practice IV.A.2.).
  2. Through reviewing the relevant collaborative research and music therapy research with military populations included in the briefing report, participants will identify three needs of service members which indicate the need for interventions that restore function. (CBMT 2010 Scope of Practice IV.A.2.)
  3. Participants will articulate two goals and objectives which integrate current treatment planning competency with specific information from the briefing report about model music therapy programs for military personnel, their families, service members in transition, and veterans. (CBMT 2010 Scope of Practice I.C.2.)

Once you have purchased this item after logging into your AMTA online account, you will need to download the e-course workbook. Go My Account>My Transactions>My Downloadable Products and click on the item to open it. Then save the workbook (a .pdf file) to your local computer. The workbook will provide all instructions for taking the course and includes the full briefing report to read. You will be able to re-download the workbook in your online account for a period of 12 months after the purchase date. To obtain CMTE credits after taking the course, follow instructions given in the downloadable workbook.

Advocacy for Music Therapy: Engage in the Process

Presented by: Judy Simpson, MT-BC
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the Introductory Price:
  • Regular Cost: $125 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Members Discounted Cost: $75 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50

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Advocacy E-course CoverAdvocacy for music therapy is something we are all involved in every day as we provide quality services to our clients, as we continue our educations and sharpen our skills, as we read new research and new approaches to clinical practice, and as we talk to families, staff members, caregivers, community members, stakeholders, and decision makers. Advocacy is an ongoing process. Whether we are striving to expand our own services, to develop new jobs in our community, to expand the reach of music therapy in our area or state, or increase the general awareness of our profession, each music therapist can play a role in the process. In this AMTA E-course - “Advocacy for Music Therapy: Engage in the Process” - AMTA’s Director of Government Relations, Judy Simpson, MT-BC, teaches the fundamentals of music therapy advocacy in practical terms, helping e-course participants build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills. This AMTA E-course equips each listener with the information and tools required for being an effective advocate for music therapy with the goal of making top-quality music therapy services more accessible to individuals of all ages in a variety of clinical settings.  

Publish date: June 2014

Learning Objectives:
  1. Define advocacy and how it can positively impact music therapy. (CBMT Scope of Practice IV.B.17).
  2. Learn about the collaborative AMTA and CBMT state recognition process. (CBMT Scope of Practice IV.A.4, IV.B.17).
  3. Learn techniques and explore skills necessary to communicate effectively with state officials and health and education stakeholders to advocate for music therapy in personal community. (CBMT Scope of Practice IV.B.3, IV.B.17).
  4. Outline successful strategies for future advocacy efforts. (CBMT Scope of Practice IV.A.1, IV.A.4, IV.B.5, IV.B.17).

After you make your purchase and follow the instructions to check out and pay, you will need to download the e-course workbook. This can be found by logging in on the AMTA website, then going to My Account>My Transactions>My Downloadable Products. Click on the item to open it. Then save the workbook (a .pdf file) to your local computer.  The workbook will provide all instructions for taking the course and listening to the audio files. 

 

Ethical Foundations: An Overview of the AMTA Code of Ethics

Presented by: Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC; Delinda Henry, MEd, MT-BC
 
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the Introductory Price:
  • Regular Cost: $125 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Members Discounted Cost: $75 - includes 3 CMTE credits
  • Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50

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EthicFndECourseCoverEthical Foundations: An Overview of AMTA Code of Ethics, walks learners through a self-study review of each section of the Code of Ethics of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA, 2013) as well as a review of the preamble, the introduction, and the general standards of the AMTA Standards of Practice document (AMTA, 2013). The final section of the e-course provides some real-life scenarios raising ethical questions for consideration by the e-course learners.  The Ethical Foundations e-course is designed to equip each listener with the basic knowledge necessary for providing music therapy services in an ethical manner, and fulfills requirements by the Certification Board of Music Therapy for earning three CMTE credits focusing specifically on ethics in each 5-year recertification cycle.  

Publish date: May 2014.

Learning Objectives:
  1. To study the principles contained in the Preamble and in each the twelve sections of the AMTA Code of Ethics. (CBMT 2010 Scope of Practice: IV. A. Professional Development and B. Professional Responsibilities)
  2. To study the principles contained in the Preamble, Introduction, and General Standards sections of the AMTA Standards of Practice. (CBMT 2010 Scope of Practice: IV. A. Professional Development and B. Professional Responsibilities)
  3. To demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of the AMTA Code of Ethics to ethical situations learners may encounter in their daily work. (CBMT 2010 Scope of Practice: I. Assessment and Treatment Planning, II. Treatment Implementation and Termination, III. Ongoing Documentation and Evaluation of Treatment, IV. Professional Development and Professional Responsibilities)
  4. To complete the CMTE ethics requirements as specified by CBMT for each recertification cycle for Board Certified Music Therapists.

After you make your purchase and follow the instructions to check out and pay, you will need to download the e-course workbook. This can be found by logging in on the AMTA website, then going to My Account>My Transactions>My Downloadable Products. Click on the item to open it. Then save the workbook (a .pdf file) to your local computer.  The workbook will provide all instructions for taking the course and listening to the audio files. 

 

Music Therapy in Early Childhood: Meaningful Music from Infancy to Kindergarten

Presented by: Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC; Ronna Kaplan, MA, MT-BC; Amelia Greenwald Furman, MM, MT-BC
 
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the 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

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ECearlychildcThe Music Therapy in Early Childhood E-course features the work of three music therapy clinicians with many decades of experience working with young children. First, Marcia Humpal talks in chapters 1 through 4 about 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. In chapters 5, 6, and 7, music therapist 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. Music therapist Amy Furman talks in Chapters 8, 9, and 10 about 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. Chapter 11 features Ten Take-Away Points, and Chapter 12 contains numerous supplemental resources. Among other helpful links, references, and other materials in Chapter 12 is a valuable bonus - a complimentary copy of the 62-page booklet from the well-received 2011 AMTA Institute, "Developmental Approaches to Early Childhood Music Therapy," featuring Marcia Humpal, Dr. Rebecca Wellman, Elizabeth Schwartz, and Dr. Darcy Walworth.  Publish date: June 2013.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify at least three attributes and levels of play in music therapy interventions for children in various stages from infancy through age six. (CBMT Scope of Practice, IV.A.2)
  2. Describe at least four ways parents, caregivers, or professionals can facilitate musical play with young children. (CBMT Scope of Practice, II.A.5.e, k, m)
  3. Describe at least four developmentally appropriate music experiences for young children in various stages. (CBMT Scope of Practice, II.1, 3b, 4a, b5, IV.B.2, II.A.2h, j, p, s, w, ag, ak)
  4. Cite and describe at least four models of hierarchical development both within and outside the music therapy field. (CBMT Scope of Practice, IV.A.2)
  5. Define arts integration and state examples of at least two non-arts standards and related goals and two music standards and goals addressed in a music therapy arts integration program for children ages three to six. (CBMT Scope of Practice, I.C.3 and 1.C.4)
  6. Outline possible roles of music therapists in music therapy settings for young children, infancy through age six. (CBMT Scope of Practice, I.C.2, I.C.3, I.C.4, IV.A.4)
  7. Consider what is developmentally appropriate given client’s age, culture, music background, and preferences when designing music therapy experiences. (CBMT Scope of Practice 1.C.9)

After you make your purchase and follow the instructions to check out and pay, you will need to download the e-course workbook. This can be found by logging in on the AMTA website, then going to My Account>My Transactions>My Downloadable Products. Click on the item to open it. Then save the workbook (a .pdf file) to your local computer.  The workbook will provide all instructions for taking the course and listening to the audio files.

 

Music Therapy Reimbursement: Sources and Steps to Success

Presented by: Judy Simpson, MT-BC, Managed Healthcare Professional
 
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the 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

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ReimbecoursecoverAMTA’s Director of Government Relations, Judy Simpson, teaches the fundamentals of reimbursement in practical terms, helping E-course participants build a solid foundation of knowledge about multiple reimbursement sources, about public and private third party payment systems, and about the specific steps required to access coverage. E-course participants will discover how the process of funding music therapy can vary by clinical setting, client diagnosis, and payment source, and will learn industry terminology, procedural coding information, billing forms, and other key elements of reimbursement. This AMTA E-course equips each listener with the knowledge and tools that make it possible to secure funding for making top-quality music therapy services more accessible to individuals of all ages in a variety of clinical settings.  Publish date: November 2012.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify reimbursement sources and demonstrate awareness of music therapy coverage from each source. (IV. B. 13.)
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the steps required when seeking reimbursement for music therapy services from private insurance companies. (III. A. 6. and IV. B. 10.)
  3. Define common terminology and list coding systems used within the insurance industry. (III. A. 6. and IV. B. 15.)
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of professional resources and tools recommended for pursuing third party coverage. (III. A. 7. and IV. A. 2. and IV. B. 7.)

After you make your purchase and follow the instructions to check out and pay, you will need to download the e-course workbook. This can be found by logging in on the AMTA website, then going to My Account>My Transactions>My Downloadable Products. Click on the item to open it. Then save the workbook (a .pdf file) to your local computer.  The workbook will provide all instructions for taking the course and listening to the audio files.

 

Music Therapy and Dementia: Protocols for Managing Problem Behaviors

Presented by Alicia Clair, PhD, MT-BC
 
Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on the 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

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DementiaECourseCoverDr. 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 need to submit a CMTE Evaluation after listening to the audio.

Publish date: January 2013.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn techniques for effectively observing the individual with dementia in music and nonmusic setting and to otherwise obtain information necessary for developing effective music therapy protocols. (2010 CBMT Scope of Practice I. A. 1, 2, 3, 4)
  2. Learn techniques for identifying the individual’s musical preferences as well as their responses to different styles of music and different musical elements. (2010 CBMT Scope of Practice I. A. 13, 14, 15)
  3. Learn protocols for developing a therapeutic relationship with individuals with dementia and for providing music therapy experiences to address the individual’s needs. (2010 CBMT Scope of Practice II. A. 1, 2)
  4. Learn protocols for using music to achieve therapeutic goals. (2010 CBMT Scope of Practice II. A. 5)

After you make your purchase and follow the instructions to check out and pay, you will need to download the e-course workbook. This can be found by logging in on the AMTA website, then going to My Account>My Transactions>My Downloadable Products. Click on the item to open it. Then save the workbook (a .pdf file) to your local computer.  The workbook will provide all instructions for taking the course and listening to the audio files.

 
 

 

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