What is Music Therapy:

 

According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), “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.”

Our established healthcare profession uses music to address non-musical goals of individuals, such as physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and communication.  Not only does music therapy meet the needs of clients, but music also works to improve their quality of life.

 
 

Who is a Music Therapist:

In order to become a professional music therapist, one must complete a 4-year degree program in music therapy or an equivalency program, hold a 6-9 month AMTA-approved internship, and pass the Music Therapy Board Certification Exam.  Once these steps are completed, a therapist receives MT-BC credentials that indicate his or her expertise.

Recently in New York State, music therapists are required to work toward an additional credential, the LCAT (Licensure for Creative Arts Therapy).  In order to receive this title, one must continue the education process through Graduate School in a Creative Arts Therapy program.

Over time, board-certified music therapists are required to attain continuing education in order to maintian the MT-BC credential, which can include graduate coursework, conferences, workshops, lectures, teaching and presentations.

Music Therapists provide services in various settings including hospitals, nursing home facilities, mental health units, forensic facilities, crisis & trauma centers, special education classrooms, pre-schools, daycares, music therapy clinics and in private homes.