Music Therapy combines
music modalities with humanistic, psychodynamic, behavioral and
biomedical approaches to help children attain therapeutic goals
which can be mental, physical, emotional, social or spiritual in
needs are addressed both through the therapeutic relationship
between child and music therapist as well as approached directly
through the music itself.
Almost all children respond to music and if it is used
carefully and appropriately, the techniques of music therapy can reach into
the child’s potential for
healing, learning and communicating. The powerful emotions released
through music therapy open up a unique opportunity for the rehabilitation and
development of abused children.
The American Music
Therapy Association represents over 5,000 Music Therapists who
receive credentials through the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT).
To become a Certified Music Therapist (CMT) a candidate must complete a Bachelor’s
degree in music therapy and 900 hours of clinical internship. To receive an
Advanced Certification in Music Therapy (ACMT) requires a Master’s degree
in music therapy and 100 contact hours in continuing education as well
as extensive clinical experience.