Music Therapy

What is 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.” (AMTA)

What do Music Therapists do?

“Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up.” (AMTA)

Are there any professional organizations?

American Music Therapy Association

Looking for a Music Therapy degree program?

Illinois State University– BA
Western Illinois University– BA

What is the credentialing body for music therapy?

Certification Board for Music Therapists

What are the research journals associated with this field?

Journal of Music Therapy
Music Therapy Perspectives

VA Creative Arts Festival