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  • Have a sense of control over life through successful experiences

  • Enhance awareness of self and environment

  • Express oneself both verbally and non-verbally

  • Develop coping and relaxation skills

  • Support healthy feelings and thoughts

  • Improve reality testing and problem solving skills

  • Interact socially with others

  • Develop independence and decision making skills

  • Improve concentration and attention span

  • Adopt positive forms of behavior

  • Resolve conflicts leading to stronger family and peer relationships

Who is Qualified as a Music Therapist? Graduates of colleges or universities from more than 70 approved music therapy 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 successful completion of the CBMT examination, graduates are issued the credential necessary for professional practice, Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC). In addition to the MT-BC credential, other recognized professional designations are Registered Music Therapists (RMT), Certified Music Therapists (CMT), and Advanced Certified Music Therapist (ACMT) listed with the National Music Therapy Registry. Any individual who does not have proper training and credentials is not qualified to provide music therapy services.

Where do Music Therapists Work? Music therapists offer services in psychiatric treatment centers, outpatient clinics, community mental health centers, substance abuse programs, group homes, rehabilitation facilities, medical hospitals, senior centers, schools, hospice and other facilities. Some music therapists specialize in mental health and have additional training in advanced music therapy techniques and psychology. Some music therapists are self-employed and may be hired on a contractual basis to provide assessment, consultation, and treatment services for children and adults.

What Research And Resources Are Available To Substantiate And Support Music Therapy? AMTA has promoted a vast amount of research exploring the benefits of music as treatment through publication of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and other resources. The CD-ROM “Music Therapy Research - Quantitative and Qualitative Foundations” offers a complete collection of research published by the music therapy associations in the United States from 1964 through 2003.

What Outcomes are Documented in Music Therapy Research?

  • Reduced muscle tension

  • Improved self-image/Increased self-esteem

  • Decreased anxiety/agitation

  • Increased verbalization

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