Board Certified Music Therapist
A professional music therapist holds a bachelor's degree or higher in music therapy. The curriculum for the bachelor's degree is designed to impart competencies in three main areas: musical foundations, clinical foundations, and music therapy foundations and principles as specified in the AMTA Professional Competencies. In addition to the academic coursework, the bachelor's degree requires 1200 hours of clinical training, including a supervised internship.
Upon completion of the bachelor's degree, music therapists are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam to obtain the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist - Board Certified) that is necessary for professional practice. The purpose of board certification in music therapy is to provide an objective national standard that can be used as a measure of professionalism by interested agencies, groups, and individuals.
Music therapists adhere to specific standards for clinical interventions and ethical conduct in professional practice.
Music therapists assess emotional wellbeing, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills such as problem solving, through musical responses. Music therapists design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client need using: music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music. Music therapist’s participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up.
- American Music Therapy Association
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