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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.

 
 
 
 

Music Therapy Featured in 2017 National Memorial Day Concert

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A star-studded cast will perform for the PBS live broadcast of the National Memorial Day concert.  This year, the National Memorial Day Concert honors Capt. Luis Avila, a military policeman severely injured after an IED explosion. During the performance segment, featuring acclaimed singer Renée Fleming, a special moment will be dedicated to the importance of music therapy services for veterans.  Capt. Avila and music therapist, Rebecca Vaudreuil, will join Ms. Fleming on stage to recognize the importance of music therapy in the rehabilitation of America's veterans. The concert will be 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.

For information on the event 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/
For more information and when to watch:
http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/about/when-watch/

A happy Memorial Day to all our veterans and thank you for your service.

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."

 

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, May 25, 2017
Music Therapy Featured in 2017 National Memorial Day Concert
A star-studded cast will perform for the PBS live broadcast of the National Memorial Day concert. During the performance segment, featuring acclaimed singer Renée Fleming, a special moment will be dedicated to the importance of music therapy services for veterans. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
AMTA-Pro Podcast: DBT-Informed Music Therapy
Abbby Dvorak, Lindsey Landeck, Marie Lesiak, and Deborah Spiegel have extensive clinical experience working with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and music therapy. DBT is an active treatment model building skills in four key areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Learn about ways DBT can enhance an MT-BC's music therapy practice as well as how music therapy may enhance and support DBT skills training in the clinical setting. Continue Reading
 
Monday, May 15, 2017
Dr. Levitin Supports Music Therapy and Licensure
The editorial by Dr. Daniel Levitin, noted neuroscientist & New York Times best-selling author, was published in The Daily Beast this weekend. Dr. Levitin responds to anti-regulation arguments regarding licensure of music therapists & other professionals. He also emphasizes & champions the scientific basis & clinical importance of music therapy while differentiating from unrelated industries that do not serve vulnerable & at-risk populations in his piece titled "The Regulations That Do Work." Continue Reading
 
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Celebrate Music Therapy at the Kennedy Center with Renée Fleming, Ben Folds, and Dr. Francis Collins, Director of NIH
“Breakthroughs with Music Therapy: Recovery, Resilience & Quality of Life,” will feature poignant stories and cutting-edge research focusing on three areas of Music Therapy practice as part of the Kennedy Center-NIH partnership, “Music and the Mind.” Join the AMTA Board of Directors for this historic event. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, May 4, 2017
AMTA Board of Directors Bi-annual Meeting
The AMTA Board of Directors’ 2017 Mid-Year meeting will be held May 31, 2017 through June 2; and June 4 through 5, 2017 at the Maritime Institute & Conference Center next to the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airport. Continue Reading
 
Friday, April 28, 2017
EIC Application Deadline Extended
As a reminder, AMTA is receiving applications for the positions of Editor-in-Chief for its two journals, JMT and MTP. The application period will extend through Friday, May 26 5:00pm ET to allow interested parties at academic institutions extra time around the busy end of semester. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Co-Chairs of the Editor-in-Chief Selection Committee, Drs. Mary Adamek (mary-adamek@uiowa.edu) and Michele Forinash (forinasm@lesley.edu), with questions. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Music Therapy Featured at Kennedy Center: Tickets on Sale 4/28
Join us for a major national event made possible by a partnership between the Kennedy Center, Renée Fleming and the National Institutes of Health, "Sound Health: Music and the Mind." Weekend events with the National Symphony Orchestra, renowned speakers Daniel Levitin, Charles Limb, Sheri Robb, Francis Collins, Ani Patel, Ben Folds, Edwin Outwater, Renée Fleming, and more! This event will likely sell out fast, so don't delay your ticket purchase. Continue Reading
 
Friday, April 21, 2017
Regional Conference Presidential Address
President Jennifer Geiger shares her regional presidential address given at each regional conference this spring. Couldn’t make it or missed it? Check it out here. Also take a peek at this year’s regional conference highlights and mark your calendars for regionals in 2018! Continue Reading
 
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Music Therapy Featured at the Kennedy Center
Mark your calendars for a major national event made possible by a partnership between the Kennedy Center, Renée Fleming and the National Institutes of Health, "Sound Health: Music and the Mind." A concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, renowned neuroscientists Daniel Levitin and Charles Limb, and a full day of sessions with interactive presentations and shows focusing on music and child development, music therapy, healthy aging, and improvisation are featured. Continue Reading
 
Friday, March 31, 2017
EIC Positions Sought
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) invites applicants for two positions as Editors-in-Chief for AMTA’s journals, the Journal of Music Therapy (JMT) and Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP). Submissions are invited immediately and must be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on Friday, May 26, 2017, 5:00 pm Eastern time. Continue Reading