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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.

Music is utilized within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, communication and social needs of individuals.

After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas:

Oxford University Press alongside the American Music Therapy Association publish two scholarly journals where research in music therapy is published and shared:

  • The Journal of Music Therapy is a forum for authoritative articles of current music therapy research and theory. Articles explore the use of music in the behavioral sciences and include book reviews and guest editorials. An index appears in issue 4 of each volume. JMT Online
  • Music Therapy Perspectives is designed to appeal to a wide readership, both inside and outside the profession of music therapy. Articles focus on music therapy practice, as well as academics and administration. MTP Online

American Music Therapy Association

Certification Board for Music Therapists