Career Description

Music therapists are clinicians who treat medical conditions using various forms and genres of music to bring about health benefits. Music therapy may involve both playing and listening to music. Music therapists plan activities like song writing, music improvisation and receptive music listening.

Academic Requirements

Music Therapists need a bachelor’s or master’s degree in music therapy from an approved college or university. In order to practice, music therapists must pass a certification exam offered through the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) to become a Music Therapist, Board-Certified (MT-BC), and must be recertified every 5 years through continuing education.

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