What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the evidence-based use of music to achieve individualized goals established by a credentialed professional.  Music therapists address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals through a variety of music interventions including singing, playing instruments, improvisation, listening/moving to music. 

What is Neurologic Music Therapy? 

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is the application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunction due to neurological disease.  NMT is research based.  Specific techniques were developed based on the understanding of music’s influence on the brain. For more information, please click on the link to Center of Biomedical Research in Music on the resources page. 

Qualifications of Music Therapists

Music therapists hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in music therapy by AMTA (American Music Therapy Association) approved colleges and universities.  The curriculum requires 1200 hours of clinical internship training. Upon completion of bachelor’s degree, music therapists are eligible to sit for board certification exam to obtain the credential MT-BC from Certification Board for Music Therapists. Music therapists follow AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice, Code of Ethics, and Professional Competencies