Music Therapy

Music therapy, as defined by the American Music Therapy Association, “is the prescribed use of music by a qualified person to effect positive changes in the psychological, physical, cognitive, or social functioning of individuals with health or educational problems.” These sites will tell you more about music therapy in medicine and education.
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
AMTA is a membership organization that promotes “the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings.” In addition to information about the association (and a “members only” section), its website is packed with information on topics like researching music therapy, careers in music therapy, schools offering music therapy, music therapy and special education, and how to find a music therapist.
Music Education and Music Therapy for Children and Youth with Disabilities Network
This sites provides nicely organized links for music teachers, music therapists, and music education and music therapy students who work or want to work with children and youth who have disabilities. Topics include music sites, music education, music therapy, adaptations and technology, disability/inclusion information, and lesson plan and activity exchange. Unfortunately, a number of the links were broken when we last checked on 6/9/01.
Music Therapy Info Link
The personal homepage of a music therapist, this simply presented site is nicely categorized and offers basic information and links about music therapy, schools with music therapy programs, education and training, population focus, job opportunities, music therpy around the world, and more.
Prelude Music Therapy
This nicely designed website by two music therapists in private practice discusses what music therapy is, frequently asked questions, music therapy in public schools, medical music therapy, and more.
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