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music therapy FAQ

what is music therapy?
what is a music therapist's education?
where can I learn more about music therapy? 
what is music therapy?


So just what is music therapy, anyway? It's more than just listening to the radio or playing a song. The American Music Therapy Association's official definition of 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."


what is a music therapist's education?

In a nutshell, a music therapist must complete an official music therapy program (through a bachelor's or master's degree), complete a music therapy internship and take a national exam to become certified. A music therapist is required to develop many skills--they must learn multiple instruments, sing, learn an extensive musical repertoire, play many musical styles, be able to write music and improvise, and have a thorough understanding of psychology and physiology. Music therapists also attend yearly conferences, such as the AMTA National Conference or smaller regional conferences. To stay certified, music therapists are required to continually further their education beyond college through music therapy technique and research courses that update as the field advances. 


where can I learn more about music therapy? 


If you are interested in learning more about music therapy, take a look at some of the websites below for research updates and more. 


further information:                               


American Music Therapy Association


Journal of Music Therapy


Music Therapy Perspectives


Music Therapy Research Blog


World Federation of Music Therapy