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.

Subscriptions to these journals, downloadable articles, and a limited number of open access articles are available on each respective journal's webpage (click the links above for more information).

AMTA Publications Catalog

AMTA publishes a number of monographs, textbooks and other resources about the profession of music therapy.  Please see our online bookstore for a complete listing of publications and products available.  Use the menu items to navigate to Bookstore>Visit the Bookstore.  Then you may choose to Shop for "Merchandise," Select Category, "Publications" and "Go" for a complete list of publications available.  Or click this link for the complete list of AMTA Publications.

Shared Research in Music Therapy

AMTA's Research Committee hosted a Research Poster Session in the following years at the annual conference and was able to share the abstracts for posters submitted. 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.