Music therapist singing to a patient in the hospital

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MTA*) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.
*Canadian Association of Music Therapists
June 2016 

music therapist playing the guitar

Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?

Music therapy is used with individuals of various ages, abilities, and musical backgrounds in institutional, community and private practice settings.

This includes but is not limited to:
Acquired Brain Injury, AIDS, Autism, Anxiety and other Pervasive Development Disabilities, Critical Care, Developmental Disabilities, Emotional Traumas, Geriatric Care, Hearing Impairments, Mental Health, Neonatal Care, Obstetrics, Oncology, Pain Control, Palliative Care, Personal Growth, Physical Disabilities, Speech and Language Impairments, Substance Abuse, Teens at Risk, Victims of Abuse
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A music therapist leading a drum therapy circle

Who is a Music Therapist?

Education: They have successfully completed a minimum bachelor of music therapy degree at a CAMT recognized institution


Clinical Internship: They have completed a 1000-hour clinical internship under the supervision of a CAMT-Approved MTA Supervisor


Exam: They have passed the Certification Board of Music Therapists exam administered in the USA

Learn more about the differences between music lessons and music therapy by downloading the document below.

Are you a Music Therapist Looking for Supervision?

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