Continuing Music Therapy Education

AMTA E-course Catalog

Self Study E-courses from AMTA: Research Review Series

Research Review Series for AMTA Members

Access this series of continuing education e-courses available while you are a member of AMTA!  Read research from recently published journals, complete assignments, and earn CMTE credits! New e-courses will be added as additional journal issues are published so check back often!

Over 70 pre-approved CMTE credits - included with AMTA membership!


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E-courses Available for Purchase in the AMTA Bookstore

Welcome to the catalog of self-study AMTA E-courses from the American Music Therapy Association. Order your user-friendly AMTA E-course and receive everything you need to listen and learn at your leisure. Click on a desired course below to learn more and see learning objectives and schedules in the online store descriptions:

Note: The cost of each e-course purchase entitles one individual to participate in and complete the e-course for CMTE credit. If a course is being purchased for multiple individuals, it must be purchased separately for each participant.  CMTE, ethics, and/or LCAT credits available are indicated next to each course below.  If a course does not say it provides these credits, then it is not eligible.

Downloading the E-course Workbook: Once you have purchased each of these courses in the online store, you will need to download the e-course workbook. Go My Account>My Transactions>My Downloadable Products and click on the item to open it. Then save the workbook (a .pdf file) to your local computer. (Note: If you have trouble with the download in your particular browser, please try a different browser if you are able.  Or, you may email the AMTA office and we will be happy to email the workbook to you.)  The workbook will provide all instructions for taking the course and include the link to the audio/video files. You will be able to re-download the workbook in your online account for a period of 12 months after the purchase date. To obtain CMTE credits after taking the course, follow instructions given in the downloadable workbook.

Advocacy for More Music Therapy: Maximizing Federal and State Involvement

Advocacy_for_More_Music_Therapy_e-course_coverParticipants in this AMTA E-course Advocacy for More Music Therapy will learn details about advocacy for music therapy on the federal level and about the State Recognition Operational Plan for Music Therapy. Participants will learn specific concepts and skills necessary to be an effective advocate in their daily work as well as in state or federal advocacy projects, all of which are focused on promoting increased access to music therapy services provided by a board certified music therapist.

Presenter(s): Dena Register, PhD, MT-BC; Kimberly Sena Moore, PhD, MT-BC; Judy Simpson, MT-BC; Rebecca Preddie; Maria Fay, LSW, LCAT, MT-BC
Regular Cost: $150 - Current Member Discounted Cost: $0
​CMTE Credits: 5

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Personalized Music Listening and Music Therapy: Ready Access to Favorite Tunes

PersonalizedMusicListeningE-courseCoverParticipants in this AMTA E-course, Personalized Music Listening and Music Therapy: Ready Access to Favorite Tunes, will learn in general about personalized music listening for people in care facilities and specifically about several Music & Memory programs facilitated by board certified music therapists. The e-course includes information about research demonstrating the value of preferred music listening programs as well as cautions and safe procedures. The MT-BCs teaching this AMTA E-course share information about programs they have facilitated, and they provide guidelines for creating a personalized music listening program and for working with a Music & Memory certified facility. Participants in this e-course will learn information and creative ideas for board certified music therapists to use when developing programs to help people in care facilities gain ready access to their best-loved tunes.

Presenter(s): Representatives of the AMTA Music & Memory Work Group: Jennifer Geiger, Regina Dennis, Emily Christensen, Dale Taylor, and Leslie Henry
Regular Cost: $125 - Current Members Discounted Cost: $75
​CMTE Credits: 3

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Self-Care for Music Therapists: Insight from Experienced MT-BCs

SelfCareECoverSelf-Care for Music Therapists: Insights from Experienced MT-BCs, provides a practical resource to help music therapists explore the topic of self-care and to get some ideas from the personal and professional experiences of their music therapy colleagues. Self-care is a topic best addressed from several different angles since music therapists have such different personalities and vastly different experiences in our daily lives, and because we all approach our professional careers from different perspectives. We invited eleven experienced music therapists to provide 10-15 minute audio segments talking about self-care from their viewpoint, sharing a few tips and telling a short story or two about keeping their lives centered in the midst of the ups and downs of their music therapy career.

Presenter(s): Deforia Lane, Rachelle Norman, Marcia Humpal, Russell Hilliard, Lisa Gallagher, Blythe LaGasse, Amber Weldon-Stephens, Ed Gallagher, Cathy Knoll, Ami Kunimura, and Amy Smith.
Currently offered free to members and non-members
Regular Cost: $125 - Current Member Discounted Cost: $75
​CMTE credits: 3

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Ethics & Copyright: An Overview for Music Therapists

Ethics___Copyright_coverUnderstanding the essential components of U.S. copyright law and intellectual property is an important part of music therapy clinical practice. Similarly, it is essential that music therapists understand some basic concepts and terms about licensing and proper use of protected works in music therapy practice. Copyright law in the U.S. has historical and legal ties to intellectual property law in England and Europe. Copyright law and intellectual property are dynamic legal and societal concepts influenced by our values, culture, technology, politics, policy, artists, and ethics. The laws governing copyrights aim to balance the interests of both the public and the copyright owners. The purpose of copyright; therefore, is to improve society through the advancement of knowledge by fostering creativity, developing wisdom, supporting democracy, disseminating knowledge, and enriching the public domain. Technological advances, including digital and online technology, create challenges for music therapists that require vigilance and care to maintain the law and abide by the rights of creators of protected works. At the same time, the law aims to allow the possibility for others to use and enjoy protected works. The main mechanisms in place to use protected works involve obtaining permission, typically via a variety of licensing mechanisms, depending on the purpose.  Publish date: August 2014

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Presenter(s): Barbara Else, MPA, LCAT, MT-BC
Regular Cost: $125 - Current Members Discounted Cost: $75
Current Student/Grad Student Member Discounted Cost: $50
​CMTE Credits: 3 (3 ethics credits) - LCAT Credits: 3

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LGBTQ+ Topics Explored

ecourse.lgbtqblueFThis AMTA E-Course covers several topics including terms and definitions, an overview of the 2012 study: Music therapists’ attitudes and actions regarding the LGBTQ community: A preliminary report, information about intersectionality and straight privilege, information on gender and transgender issues, LGBTQ+ history, LGBTQ+ musicians, and LGBTQ+ ally development, and an overview of the 2012 publication: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning: Best practices in music therapy. Each chapter has an audio segment accompanied by a written chapter. The appendices section includes information about symbols, a document about heterosexual privilege, an ally self-assessment, the gender unicorn file, and other resources. Speakers in this e-course are Amy Donnenwerth, MA, MT-BC, Spencer Hardy, MM, MT-BC, Lisa Kynvi, MA, LMHC, MT-BC, Leah Oswanski, MA, LPC, MT-BC, Beth Robinson, MT-BC, and Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MA, MT-BC.  Publish date: August, 2018

Presenter(s): Leah Oswanski, MA, LPC, MT-BC; Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MA, MT-BC; Lisa Kynvi, MA, LMHC, MT-BC; Beth Robinson, MT-BC; Spencer Hardy, MM, MT-BC; Amy Donnenwerth, MA, MT-BC
Regular Cost: $150 - Current Members Discounted Cost: $100
​CMTE Credits: 5

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All rights reserved. No part of any AMTA E-course, the workbook or the audio, may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, sharing links, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without prior written permission from the CEO of AMTA.
AMTA E-courses are approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists for the specified number of Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. AMTA (#P-051) maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.
AMTA E-Course Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds for cancellations are available by written request only and must be mailed or emailed to the AMTA national office. 80% of fees will be refunded due to handling/processing time. NO REFUNDS will be made if a CMTE course certificate has been issued. Please plan ahead. Refunds are processed within 45 days of request. You are responsible for providing a valid postal address where a check can be mailed and received.  Banks do not accept checks more than 90 days after their issue date, so please present this check to your bank for payment as soon as possible in order to insure you are able to access the funds.  Checks uncashed after 120 days will be voided.

All continuing education course participants may file a grievance if they disagree with the receipt/non-receipt of Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits for their participation in any continuing education opportunity for which CMTE credits are offered.  To report a grievance, contact the e-course manager (for e-courses), conference director (for conference activities), or a member of the national office staff with a clear and concise description of the concern and stated desired outcome within 60 days of the completion of the CMTE credit opportunity.  The AMTA CEO will be notified and a response will be sent within 90 days. All participants have the right to have their grievance addressed by the Continuing Education Committee of CBMT in the event that the Approved Provider's Grievance Procedure is exhausted should the grievance be unresolved.

Each conference presentation proposal goes through an anonymous review process. Reviewers include clinicians, educators, and researchers from all regions of AMTA with a variety of expertise including specializations in research and in diversity, equity and inclusion.  Presenters are chosen based on relevant qualifications, credentials, and expertise relative to the subject matter. All presenters for special courses for conference and e-courses must submit a curriculum vita which will be kept on file.  In the event of courses that are based on research articles from the Journal of Music Therapy or Music Therapy Perspectives, the qualifications of authors are collected during the research article submission process.