The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

About the American Music Therapy Association

AMTA’s purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy, which was founded in 1950, and the American Association for Music Therapy, founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.


AMTA’s publications are excellent resources for practitioners and others. Official publications include: the Journal of Music Therapy, a quarterly research-oriented journal; Music Therapy Perspectives, a semiannual, practice-oriented journal; Music Therapy Matters, a quarterly newsletter; and a variety of other monographs, bibliographies, and brochures.


AMTA holds an annual national meeting for the purpose of professional presentations and conducting association business. The conference is held in the fall each year. Other symposiums and workshops are held as needed. In addition, each of AMTA’s seven regions holds a conference in the spring each year.


AMTA is funded by annual membership dues, sales of publications, charitable contributions, and other revenue-producing activities.


AMTA holds organizational membership in various coalitions including the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations, National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Health Professions Network (HPN), and the Coalition of Rehabilitation Therapy Organizations (CRTO) as a part of Joint Commission.

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The Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)

CBMT is the only organization to certify music therapists to practice music therapy nationally. Its MT-BC program has been fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1986. More than 5,800 music therapists currently maintain the MT-BC credential and participate in a program of recertification designed to measure or enhance competence in the profession of music therapy. 

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Selected Bibliography on the Use of Music Therapy in Cancer Care

Nordoff Robbins, Selected Bibliography for Cancer Care

Research on Environmental Music Therapy

Increase Patient Safety by Creating a Quieter Hospital Environment

Environmental Music Therapy: A Pilot Study on the Effects of Music Therapy in a Chemotherapy Infusion Suite

Music, Noise, and the Environment of Care: History, Theory, and Practice