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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.

 
 
 
 

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."

 

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.

 

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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

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

During the recent 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 2nd.

June 3rd 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 28th.  This year, 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 below or go to 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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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Stakeholder Survey Available Until 5PM EST Today
While many music therapists and students have already completed the “AMTA Stakeholder Survey of Executive Director Attributes” there is still time for anyone who has not yet done so. Continue Reading
 
Friday, May 11, 2018
AMTA-pro Podcast: Music Therapy in the Community
The speakers in this AMTA-Pro podcast describe three active music therapy programs providing unique opportunities for inclusion and meaningful community engagement for individuals with special needs. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Music Therapy Advisory and Air Quality
As music therapy professionals, it's important to be prepared for natural disasters specific to our region. Continue Reading
 
Monday, May 7, 2018
Executive Director Search Update: Survey Launch
Engage in the next phase of the search for the next Executive Director of AMTA. We want to hear from you! Continue Reading
 
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Music Playlists Now Added to Advance Care Planning
A new Advance Music Planning playlist questionnaire has been accepted by the Wisconsin Medical Society's (WMS) Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW) program for use by Advance Care Planning facilitators in drawing up Advance Directives (AD). Its purpose is to allow individuals to state song preferences prior to an occurrence that may result in cognitive decline such as TBI, CVA or dementia. Continue Reading
 
Monday, April 16, 2018
Music Therapist Honored with Lifting Lives Award
Music Therapist Judith Pinkerton, MA, MT-BC, is Honored as the First Recipient of the Aflac and Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Award. Continue Reading
 
Friday, April 13, 2018
New AMTA-pro podcast: Music Therapy in Schools: Laws & Court Decisions
Recently, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Supreme Court case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District emerged as landmark events significantly impacting special education services. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Alice-Ann Darrow, Judith Jellison, Mary Adamek overview the recent legislation and court decisions, identify ways to advocate for music therapy services in schools based on the legislative and court actions, and share valuable resources critical for staying informed. Continue Reading
 
Monday, April 9, 2018
Parade Magazine Highlights Music as Prevention Against Alzheimer’s Disease
“The Cheater's Guide to Beating Alzheimer’s: New Research and Prevention Breakthroughs,” by Mary Spencer Scott in PARADE magazine (April 8, 2018), highlights the benefits of music as a promising approach to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, especially music-making that requires participation, such as singing or playing an instrument. Continue Reading
 
Monday, March 26, 2018
Music & the Brain Workshop Summary
AMTA participated with colleagues in a research workshop on "Music & the Brain" in early 2017 hosted by the National Institutes of Health. A brief summary of the proceedings is now available and published in the journal, Neuron. AMTA extends its gratitude to our esteemed colleagues who contributed to this important event. Continue Reading
 
Monday, March 26, 2018
AMTA-pro Podcast: Ethics of Online Research
As the nature of research moves toward online resources & methods, music therapists must take time to explore the ethics of online research. Nicki Cohen, a member of the AMTA Research Committee, shares insights & considerations related to ethics & music therapy research. Nicki discusses basic ethical principles, a brief history of unethical landmark research which resulted in legislation, & the advantages & disadvantages of online research methods. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Careers That Change Lives
Majoring in Music website highlights "how music therapy addresses trauma" for students interested in music therapy as a career in a new article: "Music Therapy Addresses Trauma – Careers That Change Lives." Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
NEW BOOK ALERT: Third Edition of Music in Special Education
AMTA is excited to present the updated, third edition of Music in Special Education. Special thanks to editors, Drs. Mary Adamek and Alice-Ann Darrow. Continue Reading
 
Friday, March 9, 2018
Executive Director Search Update, March 2018
The process of the AMTA Executive Director Search is underway. Raffa, Inc. has been secured as our search firm, with Karen Schuler as contact. She will work directly with Past President Jennifer Geiger, Chair of the Search Committee. Members of the Search Committee include: Amber Weldon-Stephens, Deb Benkovitz Williams, Angie Snell, Michael Silverman, Alicia Clair and Ed Kahler. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
AMTA-pro Podcast: Moving Forward with MTP
Music Therapy Perspectives is moving forward at a dizzying pace. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, MTP’s incoming Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Laura Beer along with Associate Editors Dr. Jennifer Jones and Dr. Noah Potvin discuss AMTA’s partnership with Oxford University Press, highlighting a variety of avenues for music therapists and the broader audience to access the content of MTP in new and unique ways. The editorial team encourages clinicians, researchers, and even students to write and submit articles. Continue Reading
 
Friday, February 9, 2018
Final Report of Master's Level Entry Subcommittee
The final report of the MLE Subcommittee is now available. AMTA members are encouraged to read these documents. Regional conferences in 2018 will have opportunities for questions in person. The full report is contained in parts I, II, III and IV with a Report Overview. Continue Reading