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.

 
 
 
 

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.

 

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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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!"

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. 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. 

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

A major national event, held on June 3, 2017 honored the power of music and music therapy and made possible by a partnership between the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Renée Fleming, 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 of interactive presentations, including one curated by Dr. Sheri Robb, “Breakthroughs with Music Therapy: Recovery, Resilience, Quality of Life.”  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.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Music Therapy in 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 for the second year in a row! Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
2019 AMTA Member and Music Therapist Survey
Help us advocate for the music therapy profession! One of the most important things you can do this year as a music therapist or a member of AMTA is complete the annual AMTA Survey. We ask all members and music therapists working in the music therapy profession to participate in this survey, which helps us draw an accurate picture of the music therapy profession. Continue Reading
 
Monday, August 19, 2019
Jeanne Ellinport Appointed AMTA Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is pleased to announce that Jeanne Ellinport has been selected to serve as Executive Director effective September 1, 2019. Continue Reading
 
Friday, August 16, 2019
Music Therapy at Kennedy Center's The REACH Festival
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents two vibrant weeks of performances and activities celebrating the new expansion of its campus called The REACH. Nearly 500 events - including events presented by music therapists in AMTA-curated workshops - are offered for FREE. Continue Reading
 
Friday, August 9, 2019
Responding to Misrepresentation of Music Therapy
Advocacy can be complex and unique depending on the location and urgency of the situation. Here are some helpful tips from The AMTA Professional Advocacy Committee about how members and music therapists can be involved. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Remembering Olin Griffith Parker
Remembering Olin Griffith Parker, 97, long-time member of AMTA, supporter and pioneer of music therapy education. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
JMT 2020-2025 Editorial Board
We are currently seeking nominations for appointment of persons to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Music Therapy for the 2020–2025 term. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, August 1, 2019
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Each year, the AMTA Board of Directors honors two deserving individuals with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2019 recipients are Dr. Robert Groene and Dr. Barbara Wheeler. Continue Reading
 
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Title Protection for Music Therapy Signed in CA
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) are excited to announce that on July 31, 2019 Governor Newsom of California signed into law AB 1540, legislation that establishes title protection for music therapy. Continue Reading