What Can I Expect From a Music Therapist?

Education

Music therapists must complete a baccalaureate or advanced degree in music therapy from one of over 70 universities approved by the American Music Therapy Association.  Music therapists become proficient in the required Professional Competencies through rigorous academic and clinical training, which includes coursework in music, psychology, special education, science, and music therapy.

Clinical Training and Board Certification

In addition to coursework, music therapists must complete 1200 hours of clinical training and are then eligible to sit for the national board certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists and earn the credential, MT-BCBoard Certified Music Therapists must complete 100 continuing education credits or take the board exam again every five years to maintain their certification.

Highly Trained Musicians and Therapists

Music therapists are accomplished musicians, proficient at voice, piano, guitar, as well as other instruments.  They are also skilled clinicians and therapists, and adhere to the American Music Therapy Association Standards of Clinical Practice and Code of Ethics.  Music Therapists are able to assess strengths and needs, develop functional non-musical goals, design therapeutic music interventions to effectively meet goals, and document and evaluate ongoing progress.  See Music Therapy Treatment Process for more information.