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 is Music Therapy
What Music Therapy Looks 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
- Moving to music
- Creating recordings and videos
- Adapted instrument lessons
How Music Therapy Helps
- 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!
2016 Membership in 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!
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.
Music Therapists are “Persons of the Week”
On the March 6, 2015 airing of ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir applauded “all the music therapists” for the wonderful work they do. Highlighting Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ rehabilitation with Maegan Morrow and a number of other music therapists around the country, David named music therapists as their “Persons of the Week.”
Looking for CMTE credits and continuing music therapy education?
Check out AMTA’s series of online, affordable, continuing education courses.Current AMTA Members Receive Substantial Discounts on E-course Purchases in the AMTA Online Store
After you make your purchase and follow the instructions to check out and pay, your e-course workbook can be downloaded logging in on the AMTA website, then going to My Account>My Transactions>My Downloadable Products.