When Did Music Therapy Originate?

Music has been used as therapy since biblical times.  As a profession in the United States, music therapy began to rise around the time of World War II.   The National Association for Music Therapy, founded in 1950, and the American Association for Music Therapy, established in 1971, merged to form the American Music Therapy Association in 1998.

Who is a Music Therapist?

A Music Therapist has obtained a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in music therapy and has completed 1200 supervised clinical hours, including a 6-month internship.  In addition to general education, Music Therapists take courses in music, medicine, and psychology.  Upon completion of an internship, a Music Therapist must sit for a national exam to become a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC).

Why Music?


  • Is familiar
  • Is important
  • Provides structure
  • Is motivating
  • Provides opportunities for control
  • Is processed throughout the entire brain