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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.

 
 
 
 

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."

 

The 2017 AMTA Annual Conference

Click here to register for the conference online!

Then click the blue "Register for this Event" button and login to your AMTA online account to begin your registration. Discounted rates are in effect. Register by the August 4, 2017 Early Deadline for the best savings.

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Join the music therapy community—the most dedicated, creative, and visionary people in the world—as we explore the world of mindfulness.  Experience and learn about meditation, yoga, cultivating presence, and other techniques that directly apply to you and your clients.  Understand what mindfulness is and more.  There is plenty happening at this grand, educational forum to serve the needs of every music therapist.  New technology, ASD, dementia, early childhood, hospice, and many other areas of interest will be featured.

 

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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  • If you want to mail in a payment instead of paying online: Download, print and fill out the 2017 AMTA Membership Application Form, then mail it in with your payment to:  AMTA, 8455 Colesville Rd., Ste. 1000; Silver Spring, MD 20910

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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NEA Live Stream: Clinical Research Summit on Military & Creative Arts Therapies
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Renée Fleming Named Artist Spokesperson
AMTA is honored to welcome renowned soprano, Renée Fleming, as newest artist spokesperson for AMTA & Music Therapy. Ms. Fleming not only captivates audiences, but is also passionate about the importance and potential of music for health and well-being, especially in the form of music therapy. AMTA welcomes Ms. Fleming’s commitment to exploring the science and benefits of music therapy interventions for wellness and rehabilitation. Continue Reading
 
Monday, August 28, 2017
Research and ASD: Brief Statement on TIME-A Trial
The August, 2017 study published in JAMA by Bieleninik et al., regarding the effects of an improvisational approach to music therapy for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the subject of considerable attention in the popular press and among the community of Board Certified Music Therapists, parents of children with ASD, other consumers with ASD, and interested stakeholders in the United States. Continue Reading
 
Monday, August 28, 2017
AMTA Election: ​Candidates for 2018-2019 Term
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Friday, August 18, 2017
AMTA-pro Podcast: Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
A Personal Perspective of Hospice Music Therapy
AMTA thanks Edo Banach, JD, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) President and CEO for sharing this moving commentary about his experience participating in a hospice music therapy session. AMTA appreciates partnering with CBMT and NHPCO, as we collaborate to increase awareness of music therapy benefits and the importance of the MT-BC credential. Continue Reading
 
Monday, July 10, 2017
Highlights of Mid-Year Board of Directors Meeting
The AMTA Board of Directors met at the Maritime Institute outside of Baltimore, MD for approximately 23 hours during the 2017 Mid-Year meeting, from May 31 through June 5. Read on for meeting highlights. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Disability and Rehabilitation/Habilitation Groups Promote Access to Services/Devices with Capitol Hill Briefing:
AMTA worked with three national coalitions - including sixty (60) national rehabilitation and disability organizations - to host a Congressional briefing on the value of rehabilitation and habilitation services and devices. As Congress considers health care reform, it is critical that people with injuries, illnesses, and disabilities have continued access to rehabilitative and habilitative care. » Download Document
 
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Senate Releases Draft of Healthcare Reform Bill
On Thursday June 22, the United States Senate released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), which is their version of a healthcare reform bill. Continue Reading
 
Friday, June 23, 2017
Music Therapy Equivalency Student Wins Beyoncé Scholarship
Howard University student Maya Rogers is a recipient of the Formation Scholars award, a scholarship for women created by Beyoncé! Last year Maya, a successful musician with many film & commercial credits, visited the AMTA national office & spent time with Administrative Coordinator & music therapist Dianne Wawrzusin, exploring her interest in music therapy. Dianne & Beyoncé were both impressed, & the $25,000 scholarship will help Maya finish her studies & begin a new chapter in her life. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, June 22, 2017
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Each year, the AMTA Board of Directors honors two long-time members with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Board is delighted to announce the 2017 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda Bosse and Dr. Deforia Lane. Continue Reading
 
Friday, June 9, 2017
Music, Music Therapy and Neuroscience: Huffington Post
AMTA Past President Ronna Kaplan talks about her experience at the recent "Sound Health: Music & the Mind" event, held in partnership with AMTA, NIH, NEA, & the Kennedy Center in her latest Huffington Post column: "Imagine the present, with concert halls and theaters full of musicians, neuroscientists, music therapists, researchers, clients, their family members, general patrons and lovers of the arts, and more." Continue Reading
 
Monday, June 5, 2017
Advancing the Profession in Historic Kennedy Center Event
"Sound Health: Music and the Mind" came to the stages of the Kennedy Center, June 2 and 3, 2017. June 3rd featured a series of workshops that included an interactive presentation curated by Dr. Sheri Robb titled "Breakthroughs in Music Therapy: Recovery, Resilience, and Quality of Life." Continue Reading
 
Monday, June 5, 2017
Registration Now Open for 2017 Conference
Online registration for the 2017 AMTA Annual Conference is open and there are many ways to register. Click the "Attend a Conference" button for more information. Make your plans now to attend "A Mindful Approach to Music Therapy." Continue Reading