What is music therapy?

The idea that music possesses healing powers has existed for centuries. By turning this idea into a profession, Board-Certified Music Therapists are trained to provide evidence-based musical interventions to meet the needs of the populations served. Just Be Musical services will always be provided by a therapist who has met the standards of the profession by becoming Board Certified.

Definition

Music therapy is an evidence-based profession which uses musical interventions to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including singing, creating, moving to and/or listening to music.

History

Music therapy as a profession began after World War II, when musicians began to visit veterans in hospitals who were suffering from physical and emotional trauma from the war.

The first collegiate program for the field began at Michigan State University in 1944. There are currently over 70 American Music Therapy Association approved college and university programs throughout the country.

 

Qualifications

In order to become a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), candidates must undergo a rigorous licensing and educational schedule in order to practice. This includes:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in Music Therapy from an accredited university
  • A minimum of 1200 hours of supervised clinical training under the supervision of an experienced Music Therapist is required in order to receive this degree.
  • Upon completion of these requirements, candidates must sit for the national exam.
  • Upon passing of this exam, they are accredited by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, and must log 100 hours of continuing education every 5 years to maintain certification.

 

Standards are Important.

Board-Certified Music Therapists must:

Adhere to the Standards of Clinical Practice

Follow a Code of Ethics

Demonstrate Professional Competencies