Music Therapist - Education and Credentials
Music therapists undergraduate education includes a thorough study of music and encourages examination of one's self as well as others through knowledge of various psychotherapeutic counseling models, and understanding the connection between music, brain & behavior. They understand how to establish and / or retrain neural pathways, and are trained musicians who have completed a 1,040 hour internship and passed a national examination, administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, in order to attain the credential MT-BC, (Music Therapist, Board-Certified).
Graduate programs in music therapy examine, with greater breadth and depth, issues relevant to the clinical, professional, and academic preparation of music therapists, usually in combination with established methods of research inquiry. Selected universities offer doctoral study in music therapy, some of which include coursework in music therapy in combination with doctoral study in related areas. (American Music Therapy Association, 2020)
For more information on the profession, contact the American Music Therapy Association.