Training of Music Therapists

Board Certified Music Therapists complete coursework approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and pass the exam given by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).  Coursework includes:

Music-related studies

  • Music theory
  • Ear training
  • Instrumental and vocal methods courses
  • Music history
  • Solo performances and ensemble group participation
Music Therapy Coursework

  • Introduction to Music Therapy
  • Psychology of Music
  • Music Therapy with Children
  • Music Therapy with Adults
  • Practicum work in various settings
Behavioral & Health Sciences

  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Statistics
  • Research analysis
As part of coursework and an internship, the music therapist completes 1200 hours of fieldwork experience. After successful completion of all coursework and fieldwork, the music therapist is eligible to sit for the national certification exam to obtain the credential Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC).

For a comprehensive look at how to become a music therapist, please visit the American Music Therapy Association.

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