Research in music therapy supports it's effectiveness in many areas such as:
overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement
increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment
providing emotional support for clients and their families
providing an outlet for expression of feelings
How Does It Work?
Engaging in a music activity stimulates many parts of the brain!
Who Can Benefit?
Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain.
Where Can Music Therapy Take Place?
Psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centers, agencies serving developmentally disabled persons, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, schools, and private practice.
What Can Music Therapy Do?
Enhance Quality of Life
Promote Physical Rehabilitation
What Are the Requirements Of A Music Therapist?
Bachelor's degree or higher in music therapy which includes:
1200 hours of clinical training
Entry-level competencies in musical and clinical foundations and music therapy foundations and principles
National board certification (MT-BC)*
Supervised internship required
Necessary for professional practice
*The credential MT-BC is granted by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), to identify music therapists who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to practice at the current level of the profession. The purpose of board certification in music therapy is to provide an objective national standard that can be used as a measure of professionalism by interested agencies, groups, and individuals.
"(Music therapy) can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort - between demoralization and dignity."
- Barbara Crowe (National Association for Music Therapy)