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What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapists: What, How and Where

Music Therapists are credentialed professionals who have completed an approved music therapy program. Graduates of colleges or universities from more than 70 approved programs are eligible to take a national examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), an independent, non-profit certifying agency fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. After successfully completing this exam, the music therapist is issued the credential necessary for professional practice, Music Therapist-Board Certified.

Music Therapists can be found working in a variety of settings, including schools, preschools, early intervention centers, outpatient clinics, rehab facilities, group homes, day care treatment centers, mental health clinics, nursing homes, senior centers, wellness programs, medical and psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse programs, hospice and bereavement programs, correctional and forensic facilities, and private practice. Some music therapists are self-employed and may be hired on a contractual basis to provide assessment, consultation, or treatment services for children or adults.

Music Therapy and Young Children

Music therapy provides the young child with a unique variety of music experiences designed to facilitate development of communication, social/emotional, sensory motor, and/or cognitive skills. Music therapists involve children in singing, listening, moving, and playing, and work on developing the child's self-awareness, fine and gross motor skills, confidence, readiness skills, language development, coping skills and social behavior. 

Music Therapy and Autism

Music Therapy and Teens

Music Therapy and Cancer Survivorship

Music Therapy and Hospice