Music therapy practice is exceptionally diverse, particularly in Australia.
Different music therapists have different ways of working with their clients.
This makes defining music therapy challenging, however the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) uses the following definition:
Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.
Music therapy is the intentional use of music by a university trained professional who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.
Music therapists incorporate a range of music making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship. They are employed in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice. Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing.
Music therapists are committed to supporting people of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background.
This information is sourced from the Australian Music Therapy Association website www.austmta.org.au (AMTA).
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Why employ an AMTA Registered Music Therapist?
The training course at the University of Melbourne is an AMTA recognised course with students obtaining masters qualifications. These students are required to meet a standard level of clinical training and are thus registered with the association. Registered music therapists (RMTs) are required to abide by a code of ethics that ensures they are held accountable to the association and deliver a standard level of professionalism and service. In addition, registered music therapists are required to obtain a certain level of professional development each year, ensuring their skills and knowledge meet AMTA standards.