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.

 
 
 
 

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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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."

 


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.

 


Latest News

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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
 
Friday, February 19, 2021
Invitation to WDRC Survey
The Workforce Development and Retention Committee invites former/current music therapists to participate in a survey of the music therapy workforce to determine the potential of a retention plan and what that plan might look like. 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
 
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Call for Proposals for the 2021 Conference
Proposals are now being accepted for concurrent sessions, MTex presentations, special events, and add-on courses for the 2021 conference. Click here to learn more. 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
 
Sunday, February 7, 2021
AMTA Journals are Going Green!
AMTA’s two peer reviewed journals – the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives are transitioning communications to you, the members of AMTA, to offer a choice as to how you wish to access the journals when you join AMTA or renew your membership. We’re going green! Continue Reading
 
Monday, February 1, 2021
You Can Still Register for the 2020 Conference
Registration for the 2020 Annual Conference has re-opened! Individuals who did not have a chance to participate during the Nov. 2020 conference weekend may purchase the recorded conference sessions in the AMTA online store through May 1, 2021. As a reminder, the conference platform will be available to all registrants (both those who participated in the live conference and those who purchase the recorded conference later) through May 15, 2021. Continue Reading