Learning More About Music Therapy

AMTA Published Journals

The American Music Therapy Association produces two scholarly journals where research in music therapy is published and shared:

  • The Journal of Music Therapy is published by AMTA as a forum for authoritative articles of current music therapy research and theory. Articles explore the use of music in the behavioral sciences and include book reviews and guest editorials. An index appears in issue 4 of each volume.
  • Music Therapy Perspectives is designed to appeal to a wide readership, both inside and outside the profession of music therapy. Articles focus on music therapy practice, as well as academics and administration.

Full text copies of these articles are available from AMTA at a cost of $20.00 per article to cover photocopying and postage and handling fees. If you would like to order a specific article, please go to our Products and Publications Catalog and fill out an order form. Please be sure to include the journal name, volume and number, title of the article, and author. For information on subscribing to either of these journals, please contact the AMTA National Office.

Music Therapy Research Flash Drive, Third Edition

A complete collection of Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy, and Music Therapy Perspectives beginning 1950 through 2008. A necessity for all music therapists, students, and libraries. Using Acrobat Reader, users can search over 15,000 pages of text in any one of three music therapy journals, cut and paste information and listen to recorded music therapy examples. Five more years of journals, more than 150 new articles, Fultz Research Grant Awardees, and five more years of music therapy research are just a few of the additions to this edition of the CD-ROM Music Therapy Research, Quantitative and Qualitative Foundations. See the AMTA Online Store and search for "Resources and Public Education Materials..." for purchasing and license information.

Recent Research in Music Therapy

AMTA's Research Committee hosted a Research Poster Session in the following years at the annual conference. See below for abstracts of the research projects shown at these poster sessions.


Numerous databases are available that index and list citations and abstracts to journal articles on music therapy. Some of these databases include links to full text copies (usually for a fee) or provide article retrieval services through your local library (fees vary). Public university open access libraries generally allow persons to enter the library and conduct database searches on their computer terminals on site.

National Library of Medicine: MEDLINE

The Journal of Music Therapy is indexed in the MEDLINE database (NLM ID 0014162) sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). MEDLINE is the NLM's major bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences.  MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,800 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The database contains over 12 million citations dating back to the 1960’s. MEDLINE is searched through NLM’s search and browser tools called Entrez, a text-based search and retrieval system.

National Library of Medicine:  PUBMED

Also at NLM is PUBMED. PubMed is a service that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to some full text articles and other related resources.