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The Australian Music Therapy Association was formed in 1975 by a small group of music therapists who recognised that for the profession to progress it needed to have a representative body which also accorded professional standards.
From the vision of that small group was born the AMTA and what is now the Registered Music Therapist status.
An RMT is a music therapist who has completed an accredited tertiary course in music therapy and who then maintains their skills through continuing professional development as approved by AMTA. Currently music therapy is a Masters qualification at the University of Melbourne (blended learning as well as traditional delivery), and University of Western Sydney (where it is allied with the Nordoff Robbins Centre). Typically a Masters student’s undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Music, but other undergraduate qualifications are accepted if the individual’s musicianship is sufficiently high.
The association currently has more than 600 members of which 514* are RMTs. This is a growing profession.
The AMTA now:
- Advocates for the value and accessibility of music therapy
- Manages the Registered Music Therapy accreditation for music therapists who wish to practice in Australia.
- Accredits university courses to ensure training content and standards are appropriate
- Stages an annual national conference
- Provides professional development workshops and events
- Publishes the peer-reviewed Australian Journal of Music Therapy
- Provides a job register for employers and members
*Accurate at August 2017.