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.
Music therapy interventions can be designed to:
promote physical rehabilitation
What Do Music Therapists Do?
According to the American Music Therapy Association (2010), »music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up.
Other applications/interventions also may include:
Music and movement
Music with other expressive arts
Who do Music Therapists help?
Music therapists can work with a wide range of populations and in diverse types of facilities.
Music therapy can be used with individuals with:
Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities
Mental health needs
Substance abuse problems
Chronic or terminal illnesses
High risk pregnancies/Maternity
Facilities where a music therapist might work include:
Nursing Homes/Assisted-living Facilities
Mental Health Facilities/Behavioral Stress Units
Pediatric or Neonatal Units
Physical Rehabilitation Units
How does someone become a Music Therapist?
Students must complete a minimum of 1200 hours of music therapy clinical training, with approximately 200 hours in pre-internship field experiences and 1000 hours in a National Roster or University-Affiliated Internship (approximately six months full-time). A minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or Music Therapy Equivalency program) in music therapy also is required, with a curriculum which includes: applied music study, music history, music theory/aural skills, and ensembles music therapy courses (including clinical skills, research, and music psychology), anatomy/physiology, psychology courses, dance/movement and other related courses.
Completion of academic and internship requirements leads to eligibility to take the board examination. Passing the examination leads to entry-level credential MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified) awarded by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Nancy Jackson, PhD, MT-BC, Director of Music Therapy (Faculty Advisor)
2101 East Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
University of Indianapolis
Indiana Wesleyan University
Rebecca Findley, MM, MT-BC, Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
Indiana Wesleyan University Department of Music
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953-4974
call 1-800-332-6901, ext. 2152
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
Tracy Richardson, MS, MT-BC, Director of Music Therapy
Sharon R. Boyle, M.M., MT-BC, Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Therapy (Faculty Advisor)
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876
(812) 535-5145 or (812) 535-5154
University of Evansville
Behavior Specialists of Indiana, Valparaiso, IN
Bi-County Services Inc. of Adams & Wells Counties – Bluffton, IN
Meaningful Days Services, Inc. – Brownsburg, IN
|Internship Director||Call for more information|
|Facility Address||P.O. Box 1110, Brownsburg, IN 46112|
|Phone Number||(317) 858-8630; Fax: (317) 858-8715|
|Population Served||Children-adults with developmental disabilities|
Opportunities for Positive Growth – Fishers, IN
|Internship Director||Lindsey Wright, MT-BC|
|Facility Address||10080 East 121st Street, Suite 112, Fishers, IN 46037Fax: 317.813.1788|
|Phone Number||(317) 447-4654|
|Population Served||Child/adolescent treatment Ctr, Community based service;Developmentally disabled, Autism spectrum, Visually impaired, Rett syndrome, Other: Williams Syndrome, Neurologically impaired;Age Range: child-adult|
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Indiana, LLC
|Internship Director||Russell Hilliard, PhD, MT-BC|
|Facility Address||8350 S. Emerson Avenue, Suite 140, Indianapolis, IN 46237-8744|
|Phone Number||(847) 867-6367|
|Population Served||AIDS,Alzheimer’s/Dementia,Elderly Persons,Terminally Ill|
State of the Heart Hospice – Portland, IN
|Internship Director||Amy Pearson, MT-BC|
|Facility Address||410 W. Votaw St., Portland, IN 47371|
|Population Served||Patients with life limiting illnesses; infant through geriatric (mainly geriatric). Illnesses include but are not limited to: terminal cancer, chronic conditions such as heart failure, lung disease, kidney disease, AlzheimerÕs/dementia, and unspecified disability.|