How do I become a music therapist?

To become a board-certified music therapist, one must complete an approved collegiate academic program.  To view a list of approved schools, click here.  In addition to the coursework, a music therapy student must complete 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience.  A good portion of those hours take place in a supervised internship, which may occur in any of a variety of settings.  Most internships are approved by the American Music Therapy Association, and must meet their standards.

Where does a music therapist work?

Music therapy is proving to be effective in more and more settings.  Listed below are common environments in which a music therapist may find employment.

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Geriatric facilities
  • Adult day care
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Hospice and Bereavement services
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Forensic facilities
  • Private practices
  • Academic and research appointments