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Music Therapy

​American Music Therapy Association

Music therapists are trained through approved degree programs at universities around the world. In addition, to music therapy techniques, students study a variety of topics that include counseling, psychology, physiology and neuroanatomy. Students must complete a supervised internship to hone their skills prior to sitting for examination by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Ongoing education is required to ensure the highest standards of practice across the profession.

Communication, cognition, emotions, movement and socialization all activate specific areas of the brain.

“Music, however, has no specific brain structure. It takes many different parts of the brain working together to process the music we hear. Music therapy takes full advantage of this phenomenon.

Because music activates each of these areas, music therapy can target each of these areas.

How Is a Music Therapist Trained?

According to the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), “Music therapy is the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional who develops individualized treatment and supportive interventions for people of all ages and abilities levels to address their social, communication, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory and spiritual needs.”

CBMT oversees the accreditation and standards of practice and excellence for music therapists in the United States.

Music therapy is the clinical use of music by a certified professional to help a client reach his or her non-musical goals.

WHY MUSIC THERAPY WORKS

Certification Board for Music Therapists

According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music therapy interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”

AMTA represents music therapists in the United States and advocates for its members, university programs and research.