Music therapy is the clinical use of music, by a trained and credentialed professional, to accomplish specific treatment goals. Music therapy is an evidenced based and research founded profession that has proven effective in treatment of a wide variety of populations.
A music therapist is a trained, board certified professional who uses music in a clinical setting to meet a client’s wellness goals. These goals may physical, emotional, cognitive, social, psychological, spiritual, behavioral, or other concerns and needs the client wishes to address. Music therapists must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music therapy at an AMTA approved school and complete 1200 hours of clinical training, after which they may sit for a board exam. After passing this exam, the music therapist now holds the credential of MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified), which must be maintained and renewed regularly.
We encourage you to find more information, specific case examples, research, history, and other resources on music therapy and music therapists by visiting the American Music Therapy Association’s or the Certification Board for Music Therapists.