Music therapy is the use of clinical and evidenced-based music in a therapeutic environment by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
To be a board-certified music therapist, a person must complete a music therapy program at an approved university, complete a 6-month internship, and successfully complete a board-certification test. In addition, they must earn at least 100 continuing education credits every 5 years to maintain their board-certification status.
A Music Therapist Has...
Completed coursework in music (music theory, conducting, arranging, music history, composing, ear-training, sight-singing, etc.)
Completed coursework in psychology (general psychology, abnormal psychology, childhood development, statistics and analysis, etc.)
Completed coursework in music therapy (assessments, documentation and data analysis, intervention planning, termination planning, the clinical applications of music, anatomy and physiology, and how the brain responds to music)
Demonstrated proficiency in guitar, voice, and piano minimum (most music therapists play many other instruments!)