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.

 
 
 
 

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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.

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 2020 Conference

2020 Annual Conference

Be a part of this historic, virtual AMTA National Conference!  The annual conference, originally scheduled for Atlantic City, Nov. 19-22, will be held online this year.  Stay tuned for more information.

AMTA Membership in 2020

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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
 

Latest News

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
It's Scholarship Season!!
COVID-19 has upended so much, and presented so many challenges, but AMTA remains committed to continuing to provide scholarship opportunities for our members. Don't miss the chance to apply for one of the 5 scholarships still available this year! Scholarship awards range from free national conference attendance, to cash for CMTEs and institutes, to full payment for special trainings. All remaining scholarship application deadlines are either July 20th or July 27th--you have time to apply! Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
AMTA Spokesperson Robin Spielberg Featured in Digital Series
Performer and American Music Therapy Association Spokesperson Robin Spielberg was featured in a new digital series, "FPAC Live," from the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas on May 19. Robin speaks about how she thinks music therapy and other types of music can provide comfort and add to our community. The event was recorded and posted to the Faulkner Center homepage. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Virtual Music Therapy (VMT) in School Districts
Members of the music therapy team from the Minneapolis Public School District present a short video sharing their model of VMT to meet the needs of their students and support teachers and families during COVID- 19. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
AMTA Board of Directors’ 2020 Mid-Year Meeting
The AMTA Board of Directors’ 2020 Mid-Year Meeting will be held on June 12-14, 2020 in a virtual format. Continue Reading
 
Monday, May 18, 2020
AMTA-pro Podcast: Music Therapy in Forensic Psychiatric Setting
Music therapists Tara Brinkman and Steven Franco work at Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero, a maximum security forensic hospital. Both therapists work with various groups and individuals in the forensic hospital, but in this podcast they talk about a centralized group called REACH-Music. Learn about the structure of the REACH-Music group and some of the research behind their work with these clients. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Music Therapy Recognized for Autism Spectrum Disorder
New report from the “National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice” lists music therapy as evidence-based practice for children under music-mediated interventions. Continue Reading
 
Monday, May 4, 2020
Press Release - AMTA Participates in Giving Tuesday Now Event
AMTA is responding to meet the needs of the music therapy community by providing resources to support therapists, faculty, and students as they continue their critical work. This May 5, 2020, AMTA participates in #GivingTuesdayNow, a day of global action for giving and unity in response to COVID-19. Please share to show your support! Continue Reading
 
Friday, May 1, 2020
Call for Research Poster Session Submissions #AMTA2020
Call for Research Poster Session Submissions for the AMTA National (Virtual) Conference, November 2020. Individuals are encouraged to submit works in progress and/or completed works for a Research Poster Session. Diverse methodologies are encouraged. Submission deadline is June 10, 2020 by 5 pm CST. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
New AMTA E-course for Members Only
Current AMTA members may access Research Review Series e-courses based on recently published journals, complete assignments, and earn CMTE credits. 30 possible credits now available. The newest course, based on Music Therapy Perspectives 38(1) offers 6 credits that satisfy CBMT’s ethics requirement - all included in the cost of membership! Continue Reading
 
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Advisory from the AMTA COVID-19 Task Force
Does singing, speech, and/or playing a wind/blown instrument amplify viral spread? Continue Reading
 
Monday, April 20, 2020
AMTA BoD 2019 Annual Meeting Highlights
Highlights and proceedings from the AMTA Board of Directors 2019 annual meeting can be found here. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Music Therapy in Telehealth
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) supports the use of telehealth/therapy as a means to provide music therapy interventions when beneficial to clients. Continue Reading