About 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. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings"

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

Who can Benefit from Music Therapy?

Music has the potential to reach many people. Music therapy can benefit children, adolescents, and adults that may include people with:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays
  • Speech Impairments
  • Mental Health Diagnoses
  • Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Anxiety and Stress-Related Issues
  • Terminal illness

How to Become a Music Therapist

"The education of a Music Therapist is unique among college degree programs because it not only allows a thorough study of music, but encourages examination of one's self as well as others. The undergraduate curriculum includes coursework in music therapy, psychology, music, biological, social and behavioral sciences, disabilities and general studies. Entry level study includes practical application of music therapy procedures and techniques learned in the classroom through required fieldwork in facilities serving individuals with disabilities in the community and/or on-campus clinics. Students learn to assess the needs of clients, develop and implement treatment plans, and evaluate and document clinical changes.

At the completion of AMTA-approved academic training and internship, the student is eligible for admission to the certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, Inc. Upon passing the national examination administered by the CBMT, the student acquires the credential Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)

A music therapist with a bachelor's degree in music therapy can obtain a master's degree in music therapy to expand the depth and breadth of their clinical skills in advanced and specialized fields of study such as supervision, college teaching, administration, a particular method, orientation, or population. Some music therapy academic programs offer doctoral degrees in music therapy or related disciplines, which impart advanced competence in research, theory, development, clinical practice, supervision, college teaching, and/or clinical administration, depending on the title and purpose of the degree program"

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)