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New 2016 AMTA-pro Podcast

January 4, 2016 10:54 AM

Therapeutic Musicians and Music Therapists
AMTA-Pro Podcast Jan 1, 2016
with Judy Simpson and Dee Sweeney

Both music therapists and therapeutic musicians provide services in health care settings. In 2015, there were 5,000 hospitals with over 1 million beds, 16,000 nursing homes with 2 million beds, and 5,800 hospices serving 1 million people. Given there are about 6,500 board certified music therapists and 1,200 therapeutic musicians, and because we all want music available to all these people, it is advisable to recognize the continuum of services and  to collaborate rather than compete to increase overall access. This AMTA-Pro podcast features representatives from both groups - Dee Sweeney of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM) and Judy Simpson of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) - conversing about the similarities and differences between music therapy and therapeutic music, and encouraging their colleagues to learn more about both professions. Judy and Dee offer solid recommendations for educating colleagues, administrators, and clients about both music therapy and therapeutic music, and for facilitating conflict resolution when misunderstandings arise. They also discuss specific ways to foster cooperation and explore possible collaborative projects between the two professions.

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