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.

AMTA 2020 Conference

 


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 2021

We are now accepting membership for the 2021 calendar 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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Monday, October 26, 2020
AMTA Board of Directors’ 2020 Annual Meeting
The AMTA Board of Directors’ 2020 Annual Meeting will be held virtually Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm (EDT) and Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 8:00 am-10:00 pm (EDT). Members interested in attending as a guest, please RSVP to Dianne Wawrzusin, Wawrzusin@musictherapy.org, on or before Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 23, 2020
AMTA-pro Podcast: Resiliency & Staff Care Program Model
Jennifer Townsend, Virginia Gray, and Audrey Zybura, share details about their program that provides wellness support and staff care for fellow healthcare professionals at Houston Methodist. They talk about various aspects of the programs, including boundaries, collaboration, costs, and specific unit needs, and share a number of creativity-focused and education-focused opportunities that have proven helpful to the hospital staff. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019 Enacted
The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019 (S.785), was enacted on October 17, 2020. Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 9, 2020
Call for Papers JMT & MTP Social Justice Issues
The "Journal of Music Therapy" and "Music Therapy Perspectives" announce two calls for papers. Each journal is hosting Guest Co-Editors for a special focus examining topics in social justice and equity with music therapy research, practice and education. It is anticipated that accepted peer reviewed manuscripts will be published in each journal in 2021. Details on the call for papers from each journal are noted below. Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 9, 2020
Attention Affinity Group Facilitators!
The AMTA national conference team would like to encourage affinity group meetings during conference week. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, October 8, 2020
AMTA’s COVID-19 Songwriting Contest - Deadline Approaching
Heard the latest in the AMTA COVID-19 Songwriting Contest? Check out your colleague’s songs! Music is an effective way to share and teach information. As music therapists, we can influence positive behavior change through music by sharing information about important topics related to COVID-19. If you are a music therapy professional, student, or intern, consider writing a health-promoting song for AMTA’s COVID-19 Songwriting Contest - entries accepted until October 15th. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, October 8, 2020
New AMTA E-course Available: Advocacy for More Music Therapy
AMTA is pleased to announce a new 5-hour e-course, now available free to members in the AMTA Bookstore. Join the AMTA Government Relations and CBMT Regulatory Affairs team (JuDenBerLiaCa) as they discuss opportunities and offer suggestions for expanding music therapy services through federal and state advocacy. This new AMTA e-course is available for purchase in the online store and offered free to current AMTA members. Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 2, 2020
2020 - Call for Nominations MTP Editorial Board
We are currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives, for a 6-year term. Nominations are due by Monday, December 10, 2020. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, September 24, 2020
FAQs from the AMTA Ethics Board
The AMTA Ethics Board serves as a resource for music therapists. In this video, three members of the AMTA Ethics Board discuss some frequently asked questions about the Code of Ethics and the Ethics Board's role and procedures. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Latest in the AMTA COVID-19 Songwriting Contest
Music is an effective way to share and teach information. As music therapists, we can influence positive behavior change through music by sharing information about important topics related to COVID-19. If you are a music therapy professional, student, or intern, consider writing a health-promoting song for AMTA’s COVID-19 Songwriting Contest - entries accepted until October 15th. Check out the latest songs submitted for the AMTA COVID-19 Songwriting Contest. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, September 10, 2020
New AMTA-pro Podcast: Music Industry Issues for Music Therapists
Why should music therapists be concerned with music industry issues? How are songwriters compensated? What are fair use principles? How do fair use, copyrights, streaming, and other music industry issues impact music therapy? In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Dr. Tracy Richardson shares her knowledge and insights about these issues based on extensive personal experience in both music therapy and the music industry. This podcast provides some food for thought and helpful resources for music therapists. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
New COVID-19 Resources
See: "Introduction to Trauma Informed Care and Cultivating Resilience;" "Trauma Informed Care, the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Music Therapy;" "Cultivating Deliberate Resilience;" and the latest submissions to the AMTA 2020 COVID-19 Songwriting Contest on the COVID-19 Resources page under "Service Provider Resources." Continue Reading