Music Therapy


What is music therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

(Defined by the American Music Therapy Association.)

What does music therapy look like?

Music Therapists use a wide variety of music and musical experiences in their sessions. A patient undergoing music therapy treatment may:

  • Playing instruments
  • Writing songs
  • Directed music listening
  • Music and relaxation exercises
  • Lyric discussion
  • Singing/Toning
  • Moving to music
  • Creating recordings and videos
  • Adapted instrument lessons

How does music therapy help?

  • Promote Wellness
  • Manage Stress
  • Alleviate Pain
  • Express Feelings
  • Enhance Memory
  • Improve Communication
  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

How Sam's Fans Helps

Sam’s Fans’ goal is to share what Music Therapy is and does so that we can to bring more joy and comfort to those who need it as well as help the special people who provide these services. Not only was Sam a direct recipient of music therapy but it impacted each of us along the way. We can not think of a more appropriate way to honor her life than by sharing what she loved with the world!

Check out this video from our friends at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. You can subscribe to their YouTube Channel by clicking here.

Support the American Music Therapy Association

Click here to visit the American Music Therapy Association website.

Membership in the AMTA

The work AMTA does on behalf of music therapists and those who receive music therapy services benefits you whether you are a member or not; please consider supporting that work with your 2016 membership. Become a shareholder in the future of your profession!

You can renew your membership online by clicking “Join AMTA” to the left, or print out a membership application and mail in your payment.

Mission of the American Music Therapy Association

The mission of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.