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.

 
 
 
 

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."

 

Check In to AMTA Membership in 2020!

Join or Renew Your AMTA Membership Today! We are checking in with members across the country and invite you to do so as well. Check in with a friend, a colleague, or a student... see how they are doing, share experiences, and build a strong network. Help us strengthen our music therapy community!  We invite you to join AMTA in 2020 and remember that we need your voice! Each one of us improves and enhances the music therapy family. Read what others think at #CheckInChallenge on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds and check in to thoughts from our diverse and robust group of members! Learn about the long list of benefits that support you & your music therapy practice. 

 

Latest News

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Friday, December 13, 2019
AMTA National Office Winter Break
The AMTA office will close at 12:00 pm on December 19, 2019 for winter break. The office will reopen on January 2, 2020. Please note that all orders placed via email and the online store during winter break will be processed after the office reopens on January 2. Happy holidays one and all and we'll see you in the new year! 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
 
Sunday, November 24, 2019
New AMTA-pro Podcast: Intro to the 2019 AMTA Code of Ethics
AMTA adopted a new Code of Ethics in February, 2019. This podcast features members of the AMTA Ethics Board providing an overview of the Code of Ethics which is an aspirational model similar to that adopted by many allied health professions. Learn about this aspirational approach and how it asks each professional and student to take more responsibility for monitoring personal conduct and decisions while holding the best interests of the client at the forefront of the decision-making process. Continue Reading
 
Friday, November 15, 2019
2019 Election of AMTA Officers for the 2020-2021 Term
Reference this information for completion of your individual and confidential electronic ballot for the election of President Elect and Vice President Elect later this month. Continue Reading
 
Friday, November 1, 2019
AMTA Election: Candidates for 2020-2021 Term - Question 4
Please take a moment to meet the candidates who are running for President Elect and Vice President Elect for the 2020-2021 term and read their responses to Question 4: How would you describe your leadership style and how do you envision this style enhancing the work of the Board of Directors and the mission of AMTA? Continue Reading