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.

 
 
 
 

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Giving Tuesday is December 1st.

Giving Tuesday 2020

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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.

 


Thanks to All Who Helped to Make the 2020 Annual Conference a Memorable Experience!

AMTA 2020 Conference

 


COVID-19 Resources
for Music Therapists and 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!
Join AMTA or Renew Your AMTA Membership Online Today!
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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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
 
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Interest in Joining the AMTA Ethics Board?
The AMTA Ethics Board values multiple perspectives and welcomes participation from music therapists who are Professional members of the Association. We are seeking to diversify our membership and we strongly encourage members of marginalized communities and/or affinity groups to consider submitting your name. 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