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This Gumberg Library research guide is designed to provide resources and support research within the established health care profession of music therapy. Use the top navigation tabs to explore research methods for finding scholarly articles in journals and databases, how to search for books and selected titles, and other resources for keeping up to date on music therapy research.
Looking for a brief overview of the music therapy profession? Scroll through this page or click on a question below to get started:
The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as "the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program."
This established health profession utilizes music within a therapeutic relationship to address the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs of individuals. Personalized treatments can include singing, creating, moving to, and/or listening to music.
A credentialed music therapist must:
Music therapists work in a wide variety of settings including (but not limited to) rehabilitative facilities, medical hospitals, day care treatment centers, hospice programs, correctional facilities, schools, community mental health centers, and private practice.
The following examples showcase the work of music therapists:
Many different populations with a variety of symptoms can benefit from music therapy, including:
Looking for more information? The American Music Therapy Association provides an in-depth look at music therapy including music therapy practice around the world, the history of the profession, and implementing music therapy with specific populations.
Interested in a music therapy career? Duquesne University offers an AMTA accredited program awarding the Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy degree. Check out their website to explore program goals and course offerings.