Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music to achieve individualized goals and to positively influence changes in the client’s specific needs, strengths, and weaknesses. Music therapists are specifically trained and board certified (MT-BC).
Who is qualified to be a music therapist?
Persons who complete one of the approved college music therapy curricula (including an internship) are then eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Music therapists who successfully complete the independently administered examination hold the music therapist-board certified credential (MT-BC).
What are some misconceptions about music therapy?
That the client or patient has to have some particular music ability to benefit from music therapy — they do not. That there is one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than all the rest — this is not the case.
All styles of music can be useful in effecting change in a client or patient’s life. The individual’s preferences, circumstances and need for treatment, and the client or patient’s goals help to determine the types of music a music therapist may use.
Who benefits from music therapy?
Because music therapy is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possible. Music therapy is used with individuals of all ages and abilities.
Links below for more detailed information from both Harmony Garden Music Therapy Services (HGMTS) and the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) with specific areas of need and diagnoses (all links are PDFs).