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.

 
 
 
 

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.

 


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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."

 


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Friday, January 15, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Music Therapists
Music therapy has served an essential purpose for clients, family members, and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Decisions regarding vaccine distribution are being made at the state level. Continue Reading
 
Friday, January 15, 2021
Accessing the COVID-19 Vaccine
Vaccine prioritization criteria vary across states. Therefore, music therapists may need to advocate for themselves and music therapy interns to receive vaccine access. This statement is provided to help you in your advocacy efforts. Continue Reading
 
Friday, January 15, 2021
Music Therapy Matters Monthly – January 2021
AMTA’s monthly newsletter is filled with important information about the work AMTA does to further the profession and how membership in AMTA benefits YOU. Music Therapy Matters is available as a benefit of membership in AMTA. Though Matters is a member-only benefit, this January issue is available to all as a sneak peak. Be sure to renew your membership in 2021 to continue access to this member resource. Continue Reading
 
Friday, January 8, 2021
Presidential Perspectives - January 2021
Beginning January, 2021, Music Therapy Matters' "Presidential Perspectives" column will be presented as a monthly email to AMTA members. Here's a preview of January's column for all to see. Join AMTA/Renew your membership to ensure you get all the latest news from AMTA! Continue Reading
 
Friday, January 8, 2021
AMTA Member Support
As we, the music therapy community, continue to experience events that impact us and those we serve, supporting ourselves and each other is of great concern. Music Therapy is a powerful tool to promote the healing process. For a resource to support individual self-care or your professional work with others, visit the AMTA website to read our Cultivating Deliberate Resilience resource as part of our COVID-19 Resources page. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
AMTA Grand Rounds 7: Recording Now Available
AMTA COVID-19 Task Force Grand Rounds Series: International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study: Latest Results. Join us as Dr. James Weaver shares the latest results from the International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol study. We also explore how the data relate to music therapy practice. Continue Reading
 
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Music Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Advocacy Highlights and Recommendations
Music therapy continues to serve an essential purpose for clients, family members, and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telepractice has not only allowed for continuity of services but has also enhanced therapeutic outcomes and improved family involvement in their loved ones’ progress. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
IDEA 45th Anniversary
On November 29, 2020, we will celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). President Gerald Ford signed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), into law in 1975. An amendment was responsible for the change in the name of the law to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), in 1990. According to the US Department of Education, music therapy is recognized as a related service under the IDEA. Continue Reading
 
Friday, November 6, 2020
Weekly Education and Clinical Training Updates
Here are this week's Education and Clinical Training updates! Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
In Memoriam: Dr. Charles T. Eagle, Jr
We are saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Charles T. Eagle, Jr., music therapy pioneer, who died on October 27, 2020, a few weeks short of his 88th birthday. As a pioneer in music therapy, we are grateful for his outstanding contributions to the music therapy profession. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
AMTA-pro Podcast - Music Therapy Advocacy: Make a Real Impact
Leslie Henry, co-chair of AMTA's Professional Advocacy Committee, shares a wealth of helpful advocacy guidelines based on her own experiences as well as years of working with MT-BCs around the country. Leslie leads listeners through an exploration of their own networks and how to tend these networks, approaches that can be used based on the timing of the idea you are advocating for, and time-tested tips on being persuasive in different situations. Continue Reading
 
Friday, October 30, 2020
Education & Training Updates: October 30, 2020
Here are this week's Education and Clinical Training updates! Continue Reading