What Training is Required of Music Therapists?
Music therapists are required to successfully complete:
- Coursework in music theory, history, conducting, comprehension, guitar, piano, voice, and instruments; and extensive performance requirements
- Coursework in biology, special education, psychology, communication disorders, exceptional persons, and counseling
- Specialized music therapy coursework in theory, history, assessment, observation, measurement, techniques, research, and psychology of music
- 1,200 supervised clinical training hours including clinical practicum and an internship at an approved training site (typically 6 months full time)
- National, independent certification board exam and have maintained awareness of current practice through continuing education or retesting
What is The Role of the Music Therapist?
- To identify client needs
- Determine how music therapy can complement and enhance the work of other members of the treatment team
- Determine which aspects of music facilitate the desired outcomes
- Systematically apply the appropriate music therapy interventions to achieve the desired outcome
- Transition abilities to nonmusical settings