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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.

 
 
 
 

Registration is Now Open
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Online registration for the 2019 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 "Innovate! Integrate! Motivate!"

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."

 

American Music Therapy Association 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.

 

Check In to AMTA Membership in 2019!

Join or Renew Your AMTA Membership Today

We are checking in with members across the country and invite you to do so as well. Check in with a friend, a colleague, or a student... see how they are doing, share experiences, and build a strong network. Talk about why membership in AMTA supports our mission: to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services. Help us strengthen our music therapy community!

We invite you to join AMTA in 2019 and remember that we need your voice! Each one of us improves and enhances the music therapy family.

Read what others think at #CheckInChallenge on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds and check in to thoughts from our diverse and robust group of members! Learn about the long list of benefits that support you & your music therapy practice.  

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.
  • To join AMTA:
    • Go to the Online store,
    • Login with your email address and password
    • Under "Shop for" choose "Membership" and click the "Go" button.
    • Choose the appropriate membership type and add it to your shopping cart
    • Click "check out" and follow the instructions you'll see.
  • If you want to pay by mail:
  • If you have questions or want to pay by phone:
    • Call the AMTA national office at 301-589-3300 and staff will be happy to help you!

Benefits of Membership total over $3300 per year
- more than worth the cost!

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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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
New Qualification Standards from the Veterans Health Administration
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is thrilled to announce newly published qualification standards for General Schedule Recreation and Creative Arts Therapists from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). As of June 9, 2019, all new music therapist hires for the Veteran’s Administration must be board certified as a MT-BC approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Continue Reading
 
Friday, June 14, 2019
Registration Now Open for 2019 Conference
Online registration for the 2019 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 "Innovate! Integrate! Motivate!" Continue Reading
 
Monday, June 10, 2019
AMTA-pro Podcast: Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Music therapists often find themselves networking with staff members and numerous groups & individuals within facilities. Sometimes challenging or inappropriate comments or advances from others can happen. Kory Antonacci discusses different types of sexual harassment & provides specific guidelines & resources for music therapy professionals, interns, & students to utilize when responding to, reporting & taking steps to prevent sexual harassment. We can use these tools to create a safe workplace. Continue Reading
 
Friday, May 31, 2019
Spring/Summer Storms Alert
This spring season is a wet and windy one in many areas of the country. It's a good time to update your inventory of professional supplies and home contents. Check on your insurance coverage in the event of damage/loss and secure important documents/information. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
AMTA Executive Director Search
The American Music Therapy Association seeks an engaging and transformational Executive Director to lead this 3,500+ member association that is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards and advocacy, and research in support of the music therapy profession. Continue Reading
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
AMTA-pro Podcast: Music Therapy in Intergenerational Rock Band
Natalie Wlodarczyk & Matt Valois provide pragmatic guidelines for intergenerational rock band experiences designed to facilitate maintenance of cognitive, psychosocial, & physical skills for older adults while introducing both generations to new music & new experiences. They discuss field-tested methods for selecting, arranging, & teaching pop music from diverse artists over the decades, & share ideas for customizing intergenerational music experiences to respond to individual & group needs. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Executive Director Resignation Announcement
A Message to All AMTA Members Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Advisory on Measles for MT-BCs
Measles, or Rubeola, is a highly contagious disease experiencing an upsurge of outbreaks in the US and abroad. Music therapists, and especially clinicians in private practice, should be informed about the disease and consult policies and procedures regarding infection control and prevention at facilities where they work or contract services. Clinicians in private clinics should review and consider their own policy as well as advisories and emergency directives from public health officials. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
AMTA-pro Podcast: Publication Ethics for Authors and Editors
Ethics of publishing an article would seem to be rather straightforward, but this AMTA-Pro podcast reveals the complexity of publication. Sheri Robb, Helen Shoemark, and Barbara Else talk about key questions: What constitutes authorship? What is token authorship? Is it plagiarism if…? What is self-plagiarism? What should students and mentors consider? What is meant by fragmented publication? What about intellectual property and copyright? The podcasts' text section features helpful resources. Continue Reading
 
Monday, April 15, 2019
AMTA-pro Podcast: Getting Your Research Published
Shannon de l’Etoile provides a step-by-step explanation of the peer review process to help increase likelihood of favorable reviews. Learn to select an appropriate journal for submission, apply general author guidelines relevant to most peer-reviewed journals, mechanics of scientific writing, and gain insight into expectations of reviewers in peer-reviewed journals for manuscript content; including scientific rigor, appropriate analysis and presentation of data, and interpretation of findings. Continue Reading
 
Friday, April 5, 2019
AMTA-pro Podcast: A Quick Reference Guide for Lyric Analysis
Karen Miller presents A Quick Reference Guide to Lyric Analysis for music therapy clinicians. The clinical tool, built on a solid foundation of theory, research, & practice, is an easily accessible system for clinical decision-making. It is also intended to assist therapists & clients in moving from the identification & expression of therapeutic material to positive action, thereby facilitating practical steps toward problem solving. The Quick Reference Guide is included in the text section. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Music Therapy Advocacy in March
Last week, the AMTA Government Relations staff and CBMT Regulatory Affairs staff supported task forces in 3 states who facilitated Hill Day events. Continue Reading
 
Monday, March 18, 2019
AMTA-pro Podcast: Collaboration in Clinical Practice & Research
Dr. Laura Brown and Dr. Ellary Draper share insights and experiences in several different aspects of their professional careers. Laura and Ellary give examples of ways collaboration and partnerships helped them in graduate education, in research projects, in work as professors, and in two innovative clinical projects. The podcast speakers take time to discuss the benefits of collaborative partnerships as well as some of the challenges they have encountered over the years. Continue Reading
 
Monday, March 11, 2019
AMTA-pro Podcast: Respite for Families with Dementia
Every life deserves world class care. Dr. Becky Wellman is part of that mission at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Nevada where she has developed innovative services providing music therapy for individuals with dementia while at the same time allowing respite time for their family members. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Becky talks about aspects of designing and implementing the MT Respite Program, including assessments, session format, adaptations, safety issues, and more. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, March 7, 2019
AMTA-pro Podcast: Tips for Submitting Strong Conference Proposals
In this AMTA-Pro podcast, regional representatives on AMTA's Continuing Education Committee share numerous practical tips for developing and submitting strong proposals. The podcast speakers discuss considerations when selecting a topic and when writing the title, abstract, learning objectives, and description of a conference session. Continue Reading