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.

 
 
 
 

Registration is Now Open

AMTA 2020 Conference

The 2020 AMTA Annual Conference

Be a part of this historic, virtual AMTA National Conference and get ready for a unique online experience! AMTA's national conference will be held online this year, November 19-22, 2020.

 

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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."

 

AMTA Membership in 2020

There's still time to become part of the AMTA composition this year!
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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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Suggestions for Music Therapists in Navigating Changes in Clinical Practice in Response to COVID-19
AMTA recognizes that COVID-19 has profoundly impacted the music therapy community. One possible place of impact may include the work settings and the manner in which music therapists work. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
AMTA-pro Podcast: Innovations in Military Music Therapy Practice
Since 2014, board certified music therapists have provided services to active duty service members and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTSD) in military medical facilities across the United States through Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, speakers Sara Kass, Rebecca Vaudreuil, Donna Betts, and Danielle Kalseth describe music therapy practice and research as well as effective and innovative interventions. Continue Reading
 
Monday, June 29, 2020
Considerations for Moving Forward as COVID-19 "Stay at Home" Orders are Lifted
AMTA offers the following considerations to assist music therapists in making decisions as locations across the country transition to more open conditions. Continue Reading
 
Monday, June 15, 2020
AMTA's 2020 Annual Virtual Conference
Registration is now open! Continue Reading
 
Thursday, June 11, 2020
CBMT/AMTA Survey Emailed to Current MT-BCs
The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly shifted access to and delivery of clinical music therapy services. Due to this, the government relations teams from AMTA and CBMT created a survey to better understand music therapists’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The information provided will be utilized to help inform advocacy efforts related to professional practice and state recognition. All MT-BCs received an email invitation to participate. Please consider adding your voice to this survey. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
AMTA Signs on to Federal Policing Policy Letter
On June 1st, AMTA, and over 400 other disparate organizations including the NAACP and the Center for Reproductive Rights, signed on to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights letter addressed to congressional leadership in support of the demand for actionable federal policing policies. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Suggestions for Managing Grief in the Time of COVID-19
As many music therapists transition back to providing services during this COVID-19 experience, AMTA recognizes that the workplace will look and feel differently. One factor in these differences may include grief. Continue Reading
 
Friday, June 5, 2020
Bylaws Amendments Voting Results
In May of 2020, the AMTA Board of Directors approved an emergency electronic mail ballot to submit four Bylaws changes to the membership for consideration and vote. Read on for the results of this election. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Search Launched for AMTA’s Next CEO
The AMTA search committee, comprised of a diverse slate of AMTA members, will identify CEO candidates who can lead the organization toward systemic transformation through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. Continue Reading
 
Sunday, May 31, 2020
AMTA Stands Against Racism and Hate
In response to recent acts of violence and social injustice against Black people in Minneapolis and across the country, AMTA condemns historic and ongoing forms of racism that permeate our society and institutions. We are heartbroken that this is happening. Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
It's Scholarship Season!!
COVID-19 has upended so much, and presented so many challenges, but AMTA remains committed to continuing to provide scholarship opportunities for our members. Don't miss the chance to apply for one of the 5 scholarships still available this year! Scholarship awards range from free national conference attendance, to cash for CMTEs and institutes, to full payment for special trainings. All remaining scholarship application deadlines are either July 20th or July 27th--you have time to apply! Continue Reading
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
AMTA Spokesperson Robin Spielberg Featured in Digital Series
Performer and American Music Therapy Association Spokesperson Robin Spielberg was featured in a new digital series, "FPAC Live," from the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas on May 19. Robin speaks about how she thinks music therapy and other types of music can provide comfort and add to our community. The event was recorded and posted to the Faulkner Center homepage. Continue Reading