Education & Training



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 wellness

manage stress

alleviate pain

express feelings

enhance memory

improve communication

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:

Song discussion

Song stories

Music legacies

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

Physical disabilities

Chronic or terminal illnesses

Alzheimer’s Disease/dementia


High risk pregnancies/Maternity


Facilities where a music therapist might work include:

Medical Hospitals


Nursing Homes/Assisted-living Facilities

Mental Health Facilities/Behavioral Stress Units

Pediatric or Neonatal Units

Physical Rehabilitation Units

Correctional facilities

Private Homes

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).

Education Opportunities


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
(260) 481-6716

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Debra S. Burns, PhD, MT-BC, Director of Music Therapy (Faculty Advisor)
IU School of Music
IT Building, Room 379
535 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-2014

University of Indianapolis
Janice Schreibman, MM, MT-BC Director of Music Therapy (advisor)
1400 East Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227
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)
Conservatory Building
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876
(812) 535-5145 or (812) 535-5154

University of Evansville

Mary Ellen Wylie, PhD, MT-BC (Faculty Advisor)
Department of Music
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722
(812) 479-2754

Student Information

$500.00 AIMT Student Scholarship Guidelines

Eligibility: Students must be currently enrolled in an Indiana academic program and actively pursuing internship sites. Respond in writing to the questions listed below, and provide one letter of recommendation from music therapy faculty. Submit all application materials to Jan Schreibman through email at Co-chairs of the clinical training committee will review applications and make a recommendation to the AIMT executive committee for final approval. Once the awarded student has officially accepted an internship, he/she will be awarded the money. All applications for consideration need to be post marked by January 31, 2018. Recipient will be announced at the winter meeting(s) and on the AIMT website.

  1. What do you envision your future as a music therapist to look like?
  2. Why should you be chosen over other candidates?
  3. If you were deciding who should be awarded this scholarship, what criteria would you look for?
  4. What do you think makes a good music therapist?
  5. What was your favorite practicum experience and why?
  6. How would you like to grow professionally and personally during your internship?
  7. How have you been involved in your student music therapy association?

Briefly describe any volunteer and/or leadership roles in college.

Clinical Training

Behavior Specialists of Indiana, Valparaiso, IN


Internship Director Stephanie A. Harris, MT-BC
Facility Address P.O. Box 1564, Valparaiso, IN 46384
Phone Number (219) 462-6705 ext. 103
Email Address
Population Served Children and adults with developmental disabilities
Facility Website


Bi-County Services Inc. of Adams & Wells Counties – Bluffton, IN
Internship Director Karel Decker, MME, MT-BC
Facility Address 425 E. Harrison Rd., Bluffton, IN 46714
Phone Number (260) 824-1253, ext. 1021
Email Address
Population Served Adults with developmental disabilities
Facility Website
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
Email Address
Population Served Children-adults with developmental disabilities
Facility Website


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
Email Address
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
Facility Website
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
Email Address
Population Served  AIDS,Alzheimer’s/Dementia,Elderly Persons,Terminally Ill
Facility Website
State of the Heart Hospice – Portland, IN
Internship Director Amy Pearson, MT-BC
Facility Address 410 W. Votaw St., Portland, IN 47371
Phone Number 1-800-417-7535
Email Address
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.
Facility Website