WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?

Different hands touching in the air

'Music therapy is the intentional use of music and musical experiences by a professional music therapist to enrich human life; alleviate human suffering; enhance physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning; and promote processes of normal development and self-actualization.' Kenneth Aigen

Music therapists undergo an extensive musical and therapeutic training followed by a 1200-hour internship. We take a board certification exam and are then required to keep up the certification and licenses with monitored continuous education.

(See more on our required protocols below).

Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)

www.cbmt.org

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

www.musictherapy.org

NYS License in Creative Arts Therapies (LCAT)

www.op.nysed.gov

Who is it for? Music therapists work with individuals with and without disabilities, and they work with individuals in private sessions, small groups, and community contexts. The best way to describe music therapy is within any given context, because the work looks different in each place.