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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 2018 Conference: Registration Open

Don't miss "Music Therapy for a Growing World." Online registration for the 2018 AMTA Annual Conference is open and there are many ways to register. Click the "Attend a Conference" button for more information. Early discounted registration rates may no longer be in effect, but 2018 members of AMTA and full-time students still get a generous discount off the regular conference registration, making this conference one of the most affordable and cost effective educational events you will attend this year! Check it out.

Click here for more information and to register online.

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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."

 

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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.

 

Music Therapy Featured at Kennedy Center Event, "Sound Health: Music and the Mind"

During the 2017 Memorial Day concert (scroll down to watch!), noted soprano Renée Fleming mentioned an exciting event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., “Sound Health: Music and the Mind.” This major national event, honoring the power of music and music therapy, was made possible by a partnership between the Kennedy Center; Renée Fleming, Artist Ambassador for the Kennedy Center; and the National Institutes of Health.

A concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Edwin Outwater, alongside renowned neuroscientists Dr. Daniel Levitin, Dr. Nina Kraus, Dr. Charles Limb, as well as musician Ben Folds, singer/actor Jussie Smollett, and of course, the incomparable Renée Fleming, kicked off the weekend on June 2, 2017.

June 3, 2017 featured a full day of sessions with interactive presentations and shows, including one curated by Dr. Sheri Robb, “Breakthroughs with Music Therapy: Recovery, Resilience, Quality of Life.”  Additional sessions featured music and child development (Dr. Nina Kraus), creative aging (Dr. Ani Patel), and jazz, creativity and the brain (Dr. Charles Limb). 

If you missed the live stream of Dr. Robb’s excellent session, “Breakthroughs with Music Therapy: Recovery, Resilience, Quality of Life,” with the help of musician Ben Folds, other music therapists, researchers, and clients, you can watch below:

You can find recordings of this and other events in the Sound Health: Music and the Mind Saturday workshop series at the Kennedy Center's YouTube Channel.

 

Music Therapy Featured in 2017 National Memorial Day Concert

A star-studded cast performed for the PBS broadcast of the National Memorial Day concert Sunday, May 28, 2017.  The National Memorial Day Concert honored Captain Luis Avila, a military policeman severely injured after an IED explosion. During the performance segment, featuring acclaimed singer Renée Fleming, a special moment was dedicated to the importance of music therapy services for Captain Avila and all veterans. Captain Avila and music therapist, Rebecca Vaudreuil, joined Ms. Fleming on stage to recognize the importance of music therapy in the rehabilitation of America's veterans. The concert was broadcast live on PBS as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The American Music Therapy Association is appreciative for Ms. Fleming's support of music therapy.  You can watch the segment on Captain Avila at the PBS website for the whole rebroadcast of this amazing concert and a section of the concert's website dedicated to music therapy.

For information on the event's music therapy focus see:
http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/features/music-therapy/
Check out Captain Luis Avila's story:
http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/features/2017-wounds-of-war/
Watch the full concert online if you missed it:
http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/watch-2017-show-live/

And to all our veterans, thank you for your service.

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Membership in AMTA - Each Note Counts

Why Should I Join or Renew My AMTA Membership Today?

In any great composition, each note counts. If one minor third or a single perfect fourth is missing from its correct position, the whole composition is diminished. “We Are AMTA” is not just a platitude, it is true. Each of us makes up this amazing family and each is important and needed. You contribute your own special music and the music therapy profession needs your contribution. It takes variety to make rich music. We invite you to join AMTA in 2018 and recognize how all the work we do together creates beautiful music for the music therapy profession. Each one of us improves and enhances the music therapy family. The music we make together benefits us and, ultimately, our clients.

Check out a long list of benefits that help you & your music therapy practice or read what others think at #EachNoteCounts on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds for member benefits others have shared.

Need a few more reasons why membership is for you?  Watch these videos:

  • For a longer list of member benefits, click here.
  • For information on paying your Professional membership in installments (available through March 31), click here.
  • If you want to mail in a payment instead of paying online: Download, print and fill out the 2018 AMTA Membership Application Form, then mail it in with your payment to:  AMTA, 8455 Colesville Rd., Ste. 1000; Silver Spring, MD 20910

Latest News

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Friday, November 9, 2018
AMTA Selects New Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is pleased to announce that Lee Grossman has been selected to serve as Executive Director effective January 1, 2019. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Music Therapy Perspectives Appoints Associate Editors
AMTA is pleased to announce two appointments to the position of Associate Editor with Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP). Ronna Kaplan and Melody Schwantes join the editorial team of MTP to support the peer review process. Continue Reading
 
Monday, October 29, 2018
AMTA Statement of Concern Regarding Acts of Violence
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is disturbed by the increasing number of violent acts that unfortunately have become a frequent occurrence in our nation. Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 26, 2018
Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Music Therapy Profession
AMTA is thrilled to be celebrating Dr. Farbman’s 30 years of dedicated service to the American Music Therapy Association. She is retiring from her position as AMTA Executive Director as of December 31, 2018. Continue Reading
 
Monday, October 22, 2018
MTP Editorial Board - Nominations Sought
Currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives, for a 6-year term. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, October 18, 2018
AMTA is Pleased To Announce Three New Publications
Get your first look at them in the Exhibit Hall at the AMTA Annual Conference next month! Continue Reading
 
Monday, October 15, 2018
Music Modernization Act Signed Into Law
The Music Modernization Act was signed into law on October 11, 2018. The Music Modernization Act (MMA), aims to ensure meaningful protections for songwriters, artists, record labels, and many others in the music industry. Continue Reading
 
Monday, October 15, 2018
2018 Arthur Flagler Fultz Award Winner
Congratulations 2018 Arthur Flagler Fultz Award Winner - Kimberly Sena Moore PhD, MT-BC Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 12, 2018
AMTA Board Issues Federal Advocacy Statement: Family Separation
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Friday, October 5, 2018
AMTA-pro Podcast: Music & Harm
Brea Murakami and Daniel Goldschmidt discuss the topic of the potential for harm in music therapy, recognizing it has implications for music therapists in clinical, advocacy, educational training, and research realms. After recognizing the need to acknowledge the potential harm, the podcast speakers talk about the need to understand, monitor, address, and prevent harm. Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 5, 2018
Announcing: Call for Applications for the 2019 Clinician-Based Grant Award Program
The American Music Therapy Association is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2019 Clinician-Based Grant (CBG). The CBG program supports applied research grants in music therapy with funding up to $5,000. Continue Reading
 
Monday, October 1, 2018
In Memoriam: Al Bumanis
It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our beloved friend and colleague, Al Bumanis. Al died peacefully at his home Sunday morning, September 30, 2018, with his loving family by his side. Al is survived by his wife, Nancy Poole; daughter, Audrey Seymour, son-in-law Christopher Seymour, and grandchildren James, Ryan, and Alice; and his brother John and sister-in-law Christie. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
JMT Appoints Associate Editors
Drs. Stine Lindahl Jacobsen and Olivia S. Yinger Appointed as Associate Editors for the Journal of Music Therapy. Continue Reading
 
Friday, September 7, 2018
AMTA Archives New Online Finding Aid
As part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, AMTA is excited to announce the official launch of the online finding aid for the AMTA archives. Many hard to acquire historic records have been digitalized and are accessible online from the comfort of your home or office. Continue Reading
 
Friday, September 7, 2018
NIH Music & Health Funding Announcement
Last year, AMTA began partnership with NIH & Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, facilitated by artist spokesperson, Renée Fleming. An NIH workshop that brought together neuroscientists, music therapists, & supporters of both biomedical research & the arts & a two-day event at the Kennedy Center were held. NIH is now releasing 3 related funding announcements soliciting applications on Music and Health. Continue Reading