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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 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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The 2017 AMTA Annual Conference

Thanks to all who helped to make the 2017 Conference a success! See you next year in Dallas, Texas - November 15-18, 2018.

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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."

 

Music Therapy Featured at Kennedy Center Event, "Sound Health: Music and the Mind"

During the recent Memorial Day concert (scroll down to watch!), noted soprano Renée Fleming mentioned an exciting event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., “Sound Health: Music and the Mind.” This major national event, honoring the power of music and music therapy, was made possible by a partnership between the Kennedy Center; Renée Fleming, Artist Ambassador for the Kennedy Center; and the National Institutes of Health.

A concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Edwin Outwater, alongside renowned neuroscientists Dr. Daniel Levitin, Dr. Nina Kraus, Dr. Charles Limb, as well as musician Ben Folds, singer/actor Jussie Smollett, and of course, the incomparable Renée Fleming, kicked off the weekend on June 2nd.

June 3rd featured a full day of sessions with interactive presentations and shows, including one curated by Dr. Sheri Robb, “Breakthroughs with Music Therapy: Recovery, Resilience, Quality of Life.”  Additional sessions featured music and child development (Dr. Nina Kraus), creative aging (Dr. Ani Patel), and jazz, creativity and the brain (Dr. Charles Limb). 

If you missed the live stream of Dr. Robb’s excellent session, “Breakthroughs with Music Therapy: Recovery, Resilience, Quality of Life,” with the help of musician Ben Folds, other music therapists, researchers, and clients, you can watch below:

You can find recordings of this and other events in the Sound Health: Music and the Mind Saturday workshop series at the Kennedy Center's YouTube Channel.

 

Music Therapy Featured in 2017 National Memorial Day Concert

A star-studded cast performed for the PBS broadcast of the National Memorial Day concert Sunday, May 28th.  This year, the National Memorial Day Concert honored Captain Luis Avila, a military policeman severely injured after an IED explosion. During the performance segment, featuring acclaimed singer Renée Fleming, a special moment was dedicated to the importance of music therapy services for Captain Avila and all veterans.  Captain Avila and music therapist, Rebecca Vaudreuil, joined Ms. Fleming on stage to recognize the importance of music therapy in the rehabilitation of America's veterans. The concert was broadcast live on PBS as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The American Music Therapy Association is appreciative for Ms. Fleming's support of music therapy.  You can watch the segment on Captain Avila below or go to the PBS website for the whole rebroadcast of this amazing concert and a section of the concert's website dedicated to music therapy.

For information on the event's music therapy focus see:
http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/features/music-therapy/
Check out Captain Luis Avila's story:
http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/features/2017-wounds-of-war/
Watch the full concert online if you missed it:
http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/watch-2017-show-live/

And to all our veterans, thank you for your service.

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Mission of the American Music Therapy Association

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.

 

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Music Therapy in Larry's Life

In her daily work, board certified music therapist Moreen Bosch sees the impact of music and therapy on the lives of many individuals as well as on their families and other caregivers. Photojournalist Benjamin Hager captured some of Moreen's work on film, including her interaction with Larry and an interview with his wife. Take a few minutes to hear about music therapy from the perspective of a family member, and to see Larry's contentment and engagement when making music with Moreen in music therapy.  Click here to watch.

 

For more personal stories about the benefits of music therapy, click here.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
AMTA Members: Remember to Vote in the AMTA Election!
AMTA 2018-2019 Term Officer Election voting is ongoing and ends December 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. All AMTA members who are eligible to vote should check the email account that is marked as “primary” on your AMTA membership for instructions and a link to the online ballot. Be sure to check spam/junk folders and whitelist amta-voting@balloteer.com. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
AMTA Office Closed for Winter Holidays
The AMTA office will close at 12:00 pm on December 20, 2017 for the winter holidays. The office will reopen on January 2, 2018. Happy holidays! Continue Reading
 
Monday, December 4, 2017
AMTA Annual Conference Breaks Attendance Records-Highlights!
Over 1700 music therapy professionals and students, exhibitors, and guests, attended the 2017 AMTA Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. AMTA Spokesperson and renowned Soprano, Renée Fleming greeted attendees via an inspiring video message in which she lauded the efforts of Board Certified Music Therapists. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Giving Tuesday
Remember that you can support the music therapy profession when you donate to the American Music Therapy Association. AMTA has several funds you can choose from to support the programs you value most. Support music therapy this Giving Tuesday and with your year-end charitable giving plans. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Music Therapy Matters Monthly - November 2017
AMTA’s monthly newsletter is filled with important and timely information about the work AMTA does to further the profession and how membership in AMTA benefits YOU. Matters is available to as a benefit of your membership in AMTA. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Robin Spielberg Advocates for Music Therapy
Robin Spielberg, American pianist, composer, and Artist Spokesperson for the AMTA, was in Oxford, OH, as an "artist in residence" for a week in late October, 2017. Robin spoke to Miami University students, senior citizens, and children at a local school, expressing her joy in music and praising the power and importance of music and music therapy. Music therapist Debbie Benkovitz Williams presented with Robin. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
MTP New Editor in Chief Announced
AMTA is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Laura Beer as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP). She will assume her duties as Editor-in-Chief when the next term begins on January 1, 2019. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
In Memoriam: Carolyn Kenny
Carolyn Kenny passed away on October 15, 2017. Carolyn had a tremendous impact on music therapists and others around the world through her writing, presentations, and in-person supervision and teaching. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Artists Speak Out about the Importance of the Arts
Artists Speak Out about the Importance of the Arts Continue Reading
 
Monday, October 16, 2017
2017 Workforce Study 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 2017 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, October 13, 2017
AMTA Election: Candidates' Responses to Traditional Questions
Please take a moment to learn more about the candidates who are running for President Elect and Vice President Elect for the 2018-2019 term and note the new voting procedure in this year's election. Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 13, 2017
Interprofessional Education & Music Therapy
This AMTA-Pro podcast features Dr. Andrew Knight of Colorado State University and Dr. Meganne Masko of Indiana University-Purdue University along with Eric Johnson, MD of University of North Dakota, who have teamed up with other health care professionals in 3 different universities. These knowledgeable colleagues discuss the growth of IPE (Interprofessional Education), their experiences and observations over the years, and the possibilities for the future. Continue Reading
 
Monday, October 9, 2017
In Memoriam: Kay Sherwood (Roskam)
Tribute to music therapist and former president of the American Music Therapy Association from 2000-2001. Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 6, 2017
Music Therapy Matters Monthly - October 2017
AMTA’s monthly newsletter is filled with important and timely information about the work AMTA does to further the profession and how membership in AMTA benefits YOU. Matters is available to as a benefit of your membership in AMTA, but AMTA is making the October issue available to the entire music therapy community to illustrate how AMTA is advocating and advancing our profession! Please share it with your colleagues, administrators and others interested! Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 6, 2017
NIH Grant Awarded to Music Therapist
An NIH research grant was awarded to music therapist, Dr. Joke Bradt, and her team to investigate underlying mechanisms of music therapy to palliate pain in advanced cancer patients. Continue Reading