What is a Music Therapist?

A music therapist is an individual who has completed the education and clinical training requirements established by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and who holds current board certification from The Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).

American Music Therapy Association
8455 Colesville Rd., Ste. 1000
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-3300
Fax (301) 589-5175

Certification Board for Music Therapists 
506 East Lancaster Avenue, Suite 102 
Downingtown, PA 19335 
800-765-CBMT (2268)
Fax (610) 269-9232 

Where is Music Therapy Practiced?

Music therapists are members of an interdisciplinary team of healthcare, education, and other professionals who work collaboratively to address the needs of clients while protecting client confidentiality and privacy. Music therapists function as independent clinicians within the context of the interdisciplinary team, supporting the treatment goals and co-treating with physicians, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, behavioral health specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, educators, clinical case managers, patients, caregivers, and more. The service for Music Therapy is prescribed by a practicing physician.

Music therapy-specific assessment, treatment planning, and implementation consider diagnosis and history, are performed in a manner congruent with the client's level of functioning, and address client needs across multiple domains.

Who is a Music Therapist?

A Music Therapist is a person who is insightful, emphatic and has the great ability to use music as a language to communicate, to heal and render the patient's broken spirit whole. A music Therapist is highly skilled musician who engages individuals to get in touch with their emotions in a musical interaction that's transformative evocative and healing.

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