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What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. It is a well-established healthcare profession in which various music-based methods are used to address the specific needs of individuals with illness, disabilities, and special needs. The music therapist assesses the needs of the clients, develops and implements a treatment plan based on assessment findings, and evaluates the treatment process. Because music is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possi ble with a variety of populations. (2008 AMTA definition)

What is a Music Therapist?

A music therapist designs music therapy sessions and interventions based upon the assessed strengths and needs of the client or patient.

Some music therapy intervention strategies may include clinical songwriting, clinical improvisation, music and imagery, and learning through music.

Music therapists work with clients and patients of all ages and abilities. Tempo therapists work in schools, hospitals, assisted living, community centers, and in our studios. Some of the clients we treat have autism, developmental delay, cognitive delays, visual impairment, hearing impairment, stress and anxiety, and memory impairments. We also treat patients in hospice and offer music therapy in end of life care.

Music therapists are certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). All Tempo! music therapists are board certified, holding the MT-BC credential. The requirements of the Board Certified Music Therapist credential are:

  • Successful completion of an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved academic and clinical training program.
  • Successful completion of a written examination demonstrating current skills in the profession of music therapy.
  • Recertification every five years through re-examination or upon the successful completion and documentation of 100 recertification credits (cbmt.org)

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Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. (AMTA Definition)

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
New Jersey Association for Music Therapy (NJAMT)
The Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)