What is Music Therapy?
Defining 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.
is an established health profession
addresses physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.
assesses the strengths and needs of each client
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.
What is a board certified music therapist?
Music therapists make it possible for us to do what we do. But what is their background? Good question.
A board certified music therapist (MT-BC):
Holds a bachelor’s degree or higher in music therapy from one of over 70 American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved college and university programs.
Has an education which focuses on 3 Main areas of competency: musical foundations, clinical foundations, or music therapy foundations and principles as specified in the AMTA Professional Competencies.
Received a minimum of 1200 hours of clinical training, including a supervised internship.
Sat for the national board certification exam to obtain the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified)
The information above was acquired from the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)More information can be found at the AMTA Website