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.

 
 
 
 

Registration is Now Open

Be a part of this historic, virtual AMTA 2020 Annual Conference and get ready for a unique online experience! AMTA's national conference will be held online this year, November 19-22, 2020.

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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.

 


COVID-19 Resources for Music Therapists and Music Therapy Students

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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 Membership in 2020

There's still time to become part of the AMTA composition this year!
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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Friday, August 7, 2020
Global Perspectives Session Submissions Due Aug. 15
The International Relations Committee welcomes submissions for consideration for the Global Perspectives Session at the AMTA Online Conference 2020.  The session showcases international music therapy projects, scholarly work, and service opportunities from around the world.  Submit your proposal by the deadline, August, 15, 2020. Continue Reading
 
Friday, August 7, 2020
AMTA Member Recognition Nominations Due Sep. 4, 2020
Music therapists are doing outstanding work to serve clients all around the county. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague for one of these prestigious awards. AMTA Membership Recognition Award nominations are due by Friday, September 4, 2020 by 5 PM Eastern time. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, August 6, 2020
AMTA Ethics Board Discussion: What if a Client Cannot Wear a Mask?
Ethical decisions are not always simple; it is more important than ever to practice our ethical thinking skills. In this video, 3 members of the AMTA Ethics Board discuss a fictional ethical dilemma asking what to do when a music therapy client and caregiver cannot or choose not to wear a mask during a music therapy session. We use the AMTA Code of Ethics and an ethical decision making model to discuss important considerations and possible solutions in a situation like this one. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Music Therapy Practice Considerations with COVID-19
AMTA offers the following considerations to assist music therapists in making decisions as business and activities transition to more open conditions. Readers may find this document useful as a reference in thinking about four areas of consideration in music therapy practice: infection control, clinical practice, telehealth, and personal health. Continue Reading
 
Monday, August 3, 2020
AMTA 2020 Virtual Conference - Tentative Schedule
A draft schedule is now available to view for the AMTA 2020 Virtual Conference. To view, go to the conference page and click the link in the Table of Contents that says, "Conference Schedule (draft)." Updates will be added so keep checking back for new information as it is added!! Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
AMTA Lifetime Achievement Awarded to Ronna Kaplan
Congratulations to Ronna S. Kaplan on being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the AMTA Board of Directors! Continue Reading
 
Monday, July 27, 2020
New Member Benefits from AMTA: CMTE Credit Opportunities Included with Membership
AMTA is pleased to announce it currently offers the opportunity to earn over 36 pre-approved hours of CMTE credits for free after you join AMTA in 2020. (6 of those credits are eligible to apply toward CBMT's ethics requirement.) As new journal issues are published, more are planned, so keep checking back and if you aren't yet a member, join AMTA/renew your membership today to take advantage of this great member benefit. Continue Reading
 
Monday, July 27, 2020
AMTA-pro Podcast: Music Therapy & Speaking Voice in Parkinson's Disease
In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Sarah Swann Solberg discusses her research about the impact of music therapy interventions on helping individuals with Parkinson’s Disease improve their speaking voice. Sarah recommends continued research because of the potential significance on the quality of lives of over 10 million people worldwide currently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Continue Reading
 
Friday, July 24, 2020
30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by George H.W. Bush 30 years ago, on July 26, 1990. The ADA was written to ensure that those living with disabilities are afforded the same rights and access as all people. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, July 23, 2020
AMTA 2021 Call for Officer Nominations
The AMTA nominating committee is currently seeking passionate leaders in music therapy who are interested in serving our national organization as an officer on the Board of Directors. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, July 23, 2020
2020 AMTA Member and Music Therapist Survey
Help us advocate for the music therapy profession! One of the most important things you can do this year as a music therapist or a member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. We ask all members and music therapists working in the music therapy profession to participate in this survey, which helps us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Suggestions for Music Therapists in Navigating Changes in Clinical Practice in Response to COVID-19
AMTA recognizes that COVID-19 has profoundly impacted the music therapy community. One possible place of impact may include the work settings and the manner in which music therapists work. Continue Reading