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.
- Geriatric facilities
- Adult day care
- Psychiatric facilities
- Hospice and Bereavement services
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Forensic facilities
- Private practices
- Academic and research appointments