The American Music Therapy Association 2016 describes Music Therapy as, "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.”
Music therapists work with populations covering the entire lifespan including neonatal intensive care units through hospice and end-of-life care. Some examples of settings where a music therapist might be employed include schools, hospitals, nursing homes, forensic settings, private clinics, physical rehabilitation facilities, addiction recovery centers, and hospices.
Professional music therapists hold a degree in music therapy from an approved university.
The curriculum includes:
Those completing the coursework and internship are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam to obtain the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist - Board Certified) which is necessary for professional practice.
Five semesters of clinical experience provide students with hands-on experience with a wide variety of populations/settings including: