Music therapy is a research-based, systematic process in which a trained music therapist uses music as an agent of change. Through the use of music, the client-therapist relationship develops to assist the individual(s) in attaining non-music goals for the improvement or maintenance of the person’s well-being and/or health.

Music therapy is a related service that is recognized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Music Therapy in Practice

• Developmental Disabilities
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Cognitive Impairments
• Physical Impairments
• Learning Disabilities
• Mental/Behavioral Health
• Depression
• Anxiety/Stress
• Anger Management
• Elder Care
• Allied Health

Why Music Therapy?

• Provides structure
• Assists in speech and language skills
• Provides non-verbal form of communication
• Provides sensory stimulation
• Provides reinforcement
• Increases gross and fine motor skills
• Improves auditory discrimination
• Works towards achieving non-music goals
• Develops client-therapist relationship
• Assists in achieving and maintaining non-music goals

Qualifications and Credentials of Music Therapists

Bachelor’s degree or higher and completion of a 1,040 hour internship at approved site

Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists

Music Knowledge:
Instrumental and vocal performance; improvisation; music theory, history, and composition

Therapeutic Skills:
Knowledge of the strengths and needs of a variety of populations; adherence to ethical standards; trained in assessment, treatment, planning, data collection, and evaluation


“Almost all children respond to music. Music is an open-sesame, and if you can use it carefully and appropriately, you can reach into that child’s potential for development.”Dr. Clive Robbins