For what reasons are people referred?
What is a Music Therapy programme?
What is Music Therapy research?
What does the Registered Music Therapist (RMT) do ?
What is a RMT?
What is the Australian Journal of Music Therapy (AJMT)?
What is Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. (AMTA Inc.)?
Where can I study to become a RMT?
Where can I find a registered music therapist?
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… is an allied health profession practised throughout Australia and in more than 40 countries around the world.
… is the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health and well being. People of any age or ability may benefit from a music therapy programme regardless of musical skill or background.
… focuses on meeting therapeutic aims, which distinguishes it from musical entertainment or music education.
… allows an individual’s abilities to be strengthened and new skills to be transferred to other areas of a person’s life.
Reasons for referral include physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive and social needs that may be addressed within a therapeutic relationship.
Music Therapy programmes…
… address a variety of objectives, including socialisation, communication (verbal/non verbal), relaxation, stimulation, pain or stress management, emotional expression or coping, self-expression, self-esteem, motivation, independence, and physical, motor and cognitive skills.
… involve a range of musical applications including:improvisation, instrument playing, singing/vocalising, composition, song/lyric writing, music and movement, listening, performance and music imagery.
… may also address the needs of family, carers and/or friends of the primary care recipient
.. are facilitated by the music therapist who draws from a variety of therapeutic processes which reflect their knowledge and experience in areas including psychology, physiology, social/behavioural sciences and human development.
… operate in a variety of community and private settings, including early intervention, special education community-based programmes, correctional facilities, medical facilities, drug and alcohol services, mental health, rehabilitation, hospice, aged care/long term care facilities, and private practice.
Music Therapy research demonstrates the effectiveness of music therapy programmes in many areas including:
Effect on mood and affect
Emotional support for clients and their families
Physiological responses (eg heart rate,respiration)
Speech, language and communication
… assesses individuals and groups to identify abilities and needs.
… works closely with family and other health professionals to establish a comprehensive understanding of the client.
… develops goals for the music therapy programme which are specific to the client.
… designs a range of music experiences which have the potential to meet the needs of the client.
… selects, implements and modifi es (where necessary) appropriate therapeutic processes, musical experiences and activities in order to meet the evolving needs of the client.
… evaluates the programme to ensure effective outcomes.
A RMT is…
… registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc (AMTA Inc) and bound by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of AMTA Inc
… proficient musician with a broad knowledge of specific models of intervention, music and highly developed practical music skills
… qualified therapist whose training has included the theoretical and practical applications of music therapy in addition to six months clinical training in a variety of settings. RMTs have successfully completed music therapy training courses accredited by the AMTA Inc
… an independent practitioner or a member of a multi-disciplinary team
… employed as a regular practitioner on a full-time, part-time or sessional basis or as a consultant within various areas of healthcare and education.
AJMT is an annually produced, fully refereed journal. It reflects current research and debate in the profession.
…was established in 1975 as a national association.
… is represented locally through state branches throughout Australia.
… provides support and professional development for RMTs.
… offers associate membership to anyone with an interest in music therapy. Associate membership provides discounted access to workshops, conferences and publications, including state branch newsletters, Pulse and The Australian Journal of Music Therapy.
… undertakes regular accreditation of university-based music therapy courses
… administers a programme of continuing professional development for RMTs.
AMTA Inc accredits courses at the following institutions:
The University of Melbourne
The University of Queensland
University of Technology Sydney (no longer taking new students)
The University of Western Sydney
For further information please check our [post="accredited-courses" text="list of accredited courses"].
To find a RMT, search [post="find-a-music-therapist" text="our RMT listing"].