Music Therapy Makes a Difference

Music Therapy Makes a Difference

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.

 
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

 
Is Music Therapy Effective?

Is Music Therapy Effective?

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings. Please explore the this site including FAQs and the press release, "Setting the Record Straight: What Music Is... and Is Not"

 
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.

 
What is AMTA's Mission?

What is AMTA's 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 2021 Conference is Going Virtual

#AMTA21 is going fully virtual - click to learn more

Proposals are now accepted for concurrent sessions, MTex presentations, special events, and add-on courses for the 2021 National AMTA Conference.

Proposal submission deadline extended to April 30, 2021

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Bristol Myers Squibb and AMTA Team Up with Ben Platt and Sister-in-Law Courtney Platt to Launch MS in Harmony

A first-of-its-kind music therapy offering for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), MS in Harmony is a digital offering designed to help people living with multiple sclerosis achieve mind-body harmony through music therapy techniques. Click here to learn more. 

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COVID-19 Resources
for Music Therapists and Students

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Did You Miss Your Chance to Attend the
2020 Virtual Conference?

You Can Still to Register and View Recorded Sessions!

AMTA 2020 Conference

If you already registered for the conference, you may still access the recorded sessions until May 15, 2021.  Click here to log in.

If you didn't register but still want to take advantage of the recorded sessions, registration has reopened in the online store. Click here for more information.


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Thursday, April 22, 2021
New AMTA-pro Podcast - Robert Groene
In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Robert Groene tells of his adventures as he played in rock bands, got drafted, taught guitar to at-risk adolescents as a Conscientious Objector, started and quit college, then played in more bands and at coffeehouses. All of this before he had even heard of music therapy! Tune in to this AMTA-Pro podcast where Dr. Robert Groene, a recipient of the AMTA Lifetime Achievement Award, tells many anecdotes about his interesting career as a musician and as a music therapist. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
AMTA-pro Podcast - Adonia Calhoun Coates
This podcast features a conversation with AMTA’s CEO, Adonia Calhoun Coates. After talking briefly about her previous professional experience, Adonia tells podcast listeners about her enthusiasm for joining the AMTA team and working with the dedicated community of music therapists. She talks about ideas, projects, and future plans for advancing AMTA’s mission and goals as well as heightening awareness, increasing and commitment to expanding the reach of music therapy. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, April 8, 2021
New AMTA-pro Podcast - Marilyn Sandness
In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Marilyn Sandness shares engaging stories about her professional journey beginning with a degree from Eastman in 1958, her clinical work in some challenging situations in the early 1960s and through major transformation in the nature of services in the 1970s, her twenty-four rewarding years as a music therapy professor, and her thirty-four intense years as a volunteer with NAMT and AMTA, helping shape the nature of education and training music therapists today. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Funding Opportunities
Funding opportunities for research in music and music therapy. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
AMTA Statement on Recent Acts of Violence
From the AMTA: National Organization; Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, New England, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western Regions; and International Relations Committee Continue Reading
 
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Ongoing Grief and the Pandemic: Honoring a Year
This video from the AMTA COVID-19 Task Force, “Ongoing Grief and the Pandemic: Honoring a Year" is a brief presentation by Heather Wagner, PhD, MT-BC, Lauren DiMaio, PhD, MT-BC, and Molly Hicks, MMT, MT-BC, and includes discussion of ongoing grief and a ritual to help music therapists pause and acknowledge COVID-19 losses. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Bristol Myers Squibb and AMTA Team Up with Ben Platt to Launch MS in Harmony
MS in Harmony is a digital offering designed to help people living with multiple sclerosis achieve mind-body harmony through music therapy techniques Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
2021 Arthur Flagler Fultz Award - Application and Guidelines now available
The purpose of the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund is to encourage, promote, and fund music therapy research and/or to conduct research on new and innovative music therapy treatments. Continue Reading
 
Monday, February 8, 2021
AMTA-Pro Podcast: Federal Advocacy for Music Therapy
AMTA’s Government Relations Director Judy Simpson and AMTA’s Senior Federal Policy & Programs Analyst Rebecca Preddie discuss the extensive work of AMTA’s Government Relations team on behalf of the music therapy profession and those music therapists serve. Learn information and contacts music therapists need to get involved in helping raise the impact and efficacy of music therapy services and increasing access to music therapy in areas of health, education, veteran services, and health care. Continue Reading