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2014 AMTA Member/Music Therapist Survey

July 25, 2014 12:34 PM

Please respond to the 2014 AMTA Member and 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 29, 2014 and enter your survey responses at a time that is most convenient for you.

You can respond to the survey using the link:

or by scrolling down to the bottom of this page and entering your information in the survey box below. Be sure and scroll down inside the survey, click "Next" at the bottom of each page and be sure to click "Done" at the end of the survey to submit your responses.

About the AMTA Member/Music Therapist Survey

AMTA member responses to this survey alone are used for gathering comprehensive data detailing the profession of music therapy.  Survey results are used for a variety of reasons including public affairs, government relations, funding, job acquisition and improvement, and other requests for information.  For the most accurate picture of the profession, we need each and every practicing music therapist to complete a survey every year.  The information you provide helps us gather an accurate picture of the profession of music therapy in the U.S.  What follows are some frequently asked questions and answers about the survey to help you to understand the purpose and scope of this important yearly project.

Is the information I provide confidential?

Yes! The informational questions you answer are used for no other purpose than to gather information for a Workforce Survey of the membership.  Your anonymity is protected.  Responses to financial and personal information will be reported in aggregate statistical form only so we hope you will feel free to answer these questions candidly.  If, however, you object to any question, just skip it and go on to the next one.

Why do you need my salary information?

Probably the most important question on the survey is the one about salary.  It is through your responses that we determine average income based on region, population, setting, ages served, years in the profession, etc. This information is used not just by the Association, but also by your music therapist colleagues to help them to set salaries, negotiate increases, create jobs, and determine fair and appropriate fees.  Please remember that personal information provided is kept strictly confidential. Only aggregate, non-identifiable summary data is released in the summary analyses.  Of course, if you still don’t feel comfortable answering this question, you are welcome to skip it, but the more responses from survey respondents, the more accurate the salary information we report becomes. 

What about my address?

Because this survey is being conducted online, we don’t ask you about your address or contact information; only the area in which you currently live.  If you’d like to change your address or other information on your AMTA record, you can do so by contacting the AMTA national office or going to the AMTA website and logging into your personal AMTA online account - separate from this survey.  (Reminder: When you do this, be sure to also note your settings and populations and include self-employed/private practice in your AMTA online record in order to receive the best chance of being included in member referral lists sent to consumers seeking music therapy services!)

I filled out a survey last year, do I need to fill one out again?

YES! Because the survey is completely anonymous, we cannot access prior survey's responses.  We need each and every music therapist to return the survey every year in order to report the most accurate data. 

I’m not an AMTA member, so I can’t fill out this survey, right?  

NO! While we do ask whether you’re a member or not, you do not need to be a member to continue in the survey and submit your data.  We need each and every music therapist to return the survey every year in order to report the most accurate data. 

Why do you need to know how many people I’ve served?  

The questions about the number of individuals and facilities served help us to extrapolate how many people in the U.S. receive music therapy each year.  We are looking for the total number of individuals who you served over the course of a year—not necessarily the number of sessions you provided for one person.  Even if you don’t know the exact number of people, your best estimate is appreciated.

What information is published?  

The "AMTA Member Survey & Workforce Analysis" will be published electronically in the form of .pdf document which you may purchase and download from the AMTA Online Store.  AMTA members will receive complimentary copies as a benefit of membership. Online store  Watch Music Therapy Enews, the AMTA website and other updates on the AMTA Facebook and Twitter accounts for when this document will be made available.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out and return your AMTA Member and Music Therapist Survey.  The information you provide helps to build a better future for music therapy! 


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