What is Music Therapy?
Simply put: we use music to help people.
The American Music Therapy Association defines Music Therapy as the clinical use of music interventions by a board-certified music therapist to support cognitive, emotional, physical, and psychosocial needs. Music Therapy can optimize coping and support quality of life when research and evidence-based techniques are used in both group and individual sessions. Music is the therapeutic tool used by board-certified music therapists to support individualized goals
Music Therapists are allied healthcare professionals who have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music therapy, clinical training, and an internship before taking a board-certification exam. Then the credential of MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified) is granted by the Certification Board for Music. As a consumer, you want to be sure that a MT-BC is providing Music Therapy services for your loved one or organization.
Who Can Benefit?
Music Therapists work with individuals of all ages and abilities. You may see a music therapist working with a premature baby to promote self-regulation, supporting a child with autism in a school, or someone receiving hospice care and everything in between. No previous music experience is necessary! Music is simply the therapeutic tool that we use to support people in their life journey.
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