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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.

 
 
 
 
 

AMTA 2018 Conference: Registration Open

Online registration for the 2018 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 "Music Therapy for a Growing World." Discounted "Regular" rates are now available until October 11, 2018 when "Late" registration rates go into effect.  Currrent 2018 AMTA members receive even further-discounted rates!

Click here for more information and to register online.

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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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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.

 

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

During the 2017 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 2, 2017.

June 3, 2017 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 28, 2017.  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 at 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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Membership in AMTA - Each Note Counts

Why Should I Join or Renew My AMTA Membership Today?

In any great composition, each note counts. If one minor third or a single perfect fourth is missing from its correct position, the whole composition is diminished. “We Are AMTA” is not just a platitude, it is true. Each of us makes up this amazing family and each is important and needed. You contribute your own special music and the music therapy profession needs your contribution. It takes variety to make rich music. We invite you to join AMTA in 2018 and recognize how all the work we do together creates beautiful music for the music therapy profession. Each one of us improves and enhances the music therapy family. The music we make together benefits us and, ultimately, our clients.

Check out a long list of benefits that help you & your music therapy practice or read what others think at #EachNoteCounts on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds for member benefits others have shared.

Need a few more reasons why membership is for you?  Watch these videos:

  • For a longer list of member benefits, click here.
  • For information on paying your Professional membership in installments (available through March 31), click here.
  • If you want to mail in a payment instead of paying online: Download, print and fill out the 2018 AMTA Membership Application Form, then mail it in with your payment to:  AMTA, 8455 Colesville Rd., Ste. 1000; Silver Spring, MD 20910

Latest News

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Friday, August 17, 2018
Music Therapy Comes to Times Square
American Music Therapy Association’s mission of increasing music therapy awareness and access to quality music therapy services makes a splash on billboards in iconic Times Square as AMTA participates in National Nonprofit Day. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, August 16, 2018
AMTA-pro Podcast: Addressing Cognitive Skills in Children with ASD
Children on the autism spectrum often have cognitive needs that can be addressed in music therapy. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Dr. Blythe LaGasse presents current neuroscience research related to individuals on the autism spectrum. She also provides the music therapy clinician with some explanations and clinical ideas for addressing working memory, attention, and executive functioning in children on the autism spectrum. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
AMTA Represented at APA Conference
Immediate Past President Jennifer Geiger participated on a panel of Creative Arts Therapists at the American Psychological Association annual conference in San Francisco on August 9, 2018. Continue Reading
 
Monday, August 6, 2018
AMTA "Best of the Web in Counseling and Mental Health"
Thanks to MastersinCounseling.org for selecting AMTA as "Best of the Web in Counseling and Mental Health." AMTA was selected, "For their fantastic work in general, and especially their online resources." Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Each year, the AMTA Board of Directors honors two deserving individuals with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2018 recipients are Dr. Michelle Hairston and Dr. Andrea Farbman. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Message from AMTA President Regarding MLE Decision
The AMTA President responds to two main areas of concern from members regarding the decision by the Board of Directors to not move forward with the MLE recommendation at this time. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Message from the Board of Directors Regarding MLE
Thank you to members and music therapists for your comments and thoughts. Please stay turned for more information; the Board has read and considered each and every communication that has been received through multiple venues and is preparing a document that answers specific questions and concerns. Continue Reading
 
Monday, July 16, 2018
2018 AMTA Member/Music Therapist Survey
One of the most important things you do each year as a music therapist and member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. Please go to the following url no later than August 30, 2018 and enter your survey responses at a time that is most convenient for you. Help us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession to report back to the music therapy community. Continue Reading
 
Friday, July 13, 2018
Music Therapy Matters Monthly – July 2018
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. This July issue of Matters is available as a benefit of membership in AMTA but is being shared with all! Continue Reading
 
Friday, July 13, 2018
AMTA BoD 2018 Mid-year Meeting Highlights
Highlights from the AMTA Board of Directors 2018 Mid-Year meeting, June 22-24. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Masters Level Entry Press Release
After exhaustive examination by the Master’s Level Entry (MLE) Subcommittee of the Board of Directors, significant community feedback, and intense deliberation by the AMTA Board of Directors, the Board cited inconclusive direction and fiduciary concern as the primary reasons to not support the Subcommittee recommendation of moving to a master’s level entry by 2030 but does support investigation into music therapy education and clinical training as recommended by the Subcommittee. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
New AMTA-pro Podcast: Guide to Clinical Music Therapy Research
In this AMTA-Pro podcast, speakers Dr. Annie Heiderscheit, Dr. Nancy Jackson, and Dr. Kathy Murphy review the steps necessary for creating a preliminary plan for a clinical research study. In this overview of an interactive session presented at the 2017 AMTA conference, the AMTA-Pro podcast speakers provide the groundwork for podcast listeners to begin the process of planning their own clinical research study. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
AMTA Nominating Committee Seeks Potential Candidates
The AMTA Nominating Committee is now considering potential candidates to be placed on the slate for the offices of AMTA President Elect and Vice President Elect. The slate will be presented at the AMTA Business meeting in November 2018 and the election will be held in late 2019. Continue Reading
 
Monday, June 25, 2018
Engage in Advocacy
AMTA encourages members to engage in advocacy. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Registration Now Open for 2018 Conference
Online registration for the 2018 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 "Music Therapy for a Growing World." Continue Reading