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 is Qualified to Practice Music Therapy?

Who is Qualified to Practice Music Therapy?

Those who complete an approved music therapy degree & internship are eligible to sit for a national exam offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Successfully completing the exam earns the credential MT-BC, Music Therapist, Board Certified

 
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.

 
 
 
 

Each Note Counts - AMTA 2020 Membership

Join or Renew Your AMTA Membership Today!

In any great composition, each note counts. Each of us in the music therapy family is important and needed. You contribute your own special music when you support AMTA and our mission with your membership. It takes variety to make rich music. Become part of the AMTA composition in 2020!

Read about others who are contributing their own important music to the profession at #CheckInChallenge in weekly member spotlights on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Hear thoughts from a diverse and robust group of members at #WeAreAMTA. Check out a long list of benefits, options for membership payment support, paying membership in installments, discounts on your first years of Professional membership as a new professional, and new member benefits available in 2020!

You can also join off line; simply print out a 2020 Membership Application form and send it in with your payment.

Every profession needs a strong and vibrant association backing up its professionals. AMTA supports music therapists and music therapy clients with... Advocacy, Research, Resources, Support, Knowledge, Publications, Services, Community. Join AMTA Today at www.musictherapy.org
 

American Music Therapy Association Mission

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's 2019 Annual Conference

Thanks to all who helped to make the AMTA 2019 Conference a fantastic educational experience!  Stay tuned for photos and updates from the conference to be posted soon.

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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."

 

Latest News

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Music Therapy License Created in New Jersey
The American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists are excited to announce that on Tuesday January 21, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A2183, the “Music Therapist Licensing Act.” The bill creates a music therapy license under the newly-established State Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, January 16, 2020
2020 Social Media Advocacy Month
January is Music Therapy Social Media Advocacy Month! The AMTA Professional Advocacy Committee invites you to join in promoting music therapy on at least one social media platform this month. Here are 10 ideas you can use to advocate for music therapy. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
New AMTA-pro Podcast: Leadership for Students & New MT-BCs
Leadership for Students & New MT-BCs, featuring Jean Nemeth and Amber Weldon-Stephens, is filled to the brim with practical tips and encouragement for individuals to start building their leadership skills early in their careers. We hope you will take a minute to listen to this latest installment in our AMTA-Pro series. This AMTA-pro podcast is a benefit of membership in AMTA. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Updates from the AMTA Board of Directors
Thank you to all of the members who have reached out with questions, comments, and concerns over the past few weeks. As we approach the end of service for many on the board, we wanted to take the opportunity to address some of the frequently asked questions we have received. Continue Reading
 
Friday, December 13, 2019
New Member Benefit Coming in 2020!
Announcing the newest AMTA member benefit coming in January: the AMTA E-course Research Review Series for members only. Access e-courses based on research from recently published journals, complete assignments, and earn CMTE credits. New courses will be added and members will be able to access to over 30 pre-approved CMTE credits throughout 2020 - included in the cost of membership! Continue Reading
 
Friday, December 13, 2019
2019 Workforce Analysis Available
Valuable information about the music therapy profession can be found in AMTA's annually published "AMTA Member Survey and Workforce Analysis, A Descriptive Statistical Profile of the AMTA Membership and Music Therapy Community." The 2019 edition of this document is available free of charge for current AMTA members in Member Resources>Job Center>Resources and Links section. Also available for purchase by non-members (free to current members) in the AMTA online bookstore. Continue Reading
 
Friday, December 13, 2019
Conference 2020 Statement
AMTA stands against human trafficking, supports those who have been victims of human trafficking, and supports music therapists and other professionals offering a way out, and support, for human trafficking victims across the United States. Continue Reading
 
Friday, December 6, 2019
Congratulations to New AMTA Officers
AMTA is pleased to welcome Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC as President Elect and Andrea Dalton, MA, MT-BC as Vice President Elect for the 2020-2021 term. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
AMTA Executive Director Resigns
On Monday November 25, 2019 the AMTA Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Jeanne Ellinport, Executive Director. We wish her well in her future endeavors. Continue Reading