Currently, there are 8000 certified music therapists
in the United States and Canada.
According to the American Music Therapy Association website, students wishing to become certified music therapists
must take courses in biology, music, music therapy, psychology, social and behavioral sciences and general studies, plus complete 1,200 hours of fieldwork, including an internship.
Recommendations in the area of practice policy include a call for an updated review of federal job classifications that enable board certified music therapists
to provide music therapy interventions.
Music as therapy is nothing new: Traumatized soldiers returning from World War II were soothed with music in hospitals, and today there are more than 5,000 certified music therapists
in the United States.
This time, the certified music therapists
In consideration of the diversity of music used in healthcare, special education, and other settings, AMTA unequivocally recommends the unique knowledge and skill of board certified music therapists
Sarah Maxwell, one of Hospice of the Western Reserve's certified music therapists
, works with patients to help reduce anxiety, relieve pain and cope with anger and grief.
Programs are created at the Conservatory's MTI by certified music therapists