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What is music therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical use of interactive music experiences/interventions to help people whose lives have been impacted by illness, injury or disability.  After assessing the client's strengths and needs, the credentialed professional music therapist creates interventions to support the client's psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative, spiritual or social needs.  Integral to how music therapy works is the therapeutic relationship that is established and developed through engagement in live musical interaction which may include:  singing, playing or creating music, listening or moving to music, using it as a foundation for relaxation experiences, songwriting or lyric analysis. 

What are the qualifications of a music therapist?

Music therapists receive the credential, Music Therapist–Board Certified (MT-BC), by The Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), identifying that they demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to practice at the current level of the profession. Board Certified Music Therapists have completed at least an undergraduate degree or its equivalent in music therapy from an approved program, completed an internship of at least 1040 hours, passed the Board Certification exam and comply with continuing education requirements. Learn more here.​

What is online, tele music therapy?

On your laptop, computer or mobile device,  a board certified music therapist provides music therapy, live, through a video connection over the Internet (like Zoom or FaceTime). Your music therapist visits you online, wherever you are.


Your board certified music therapist ensures that the ethical and professional standards of practice, as defined by The Certification Board for Music Therapists, are upheld throughout the process of providing tele music therapy services.  

Why choose tele music therapy?

  • Accessibility for those with physical limitations

  • Accessibility for those living in a remote area or where there is no music therapist available to visit you at home

  • Eliminates transportation concerns like traveling during bad weather, having a car or using public transportation

  • Reduces exposure to germs

  • Allows for family members to be involved; Music Therapy at Home utilizes technology that can include family members who aren't in the same location as the client 

  • Saves travel time and waiting time

  • The convenience and comfort of participating from your own home!

What will I need to receive tele music therapy?

  • Access to one of the following: a laptop, desktop computer, tablet or iPad, or even a smartphone.  Whichever you choose, it must have a built in camera and microphone (you may use headphones, if desired)

  • Access to email 

  • A good Internet connection 

  • For computer, an up to date version of Google Chrome browser or Firefox browser; for iPads/iPhones, an up to date version of Safari browser


Who is a good candidate for tele music therapy?

A good candidate can hear the audio.  If you have a visual impairment, you'll need to have someone available at home to assist you to access your session.  You don't need any prior music experience or have a musical skill to benefit from music therapy.

Will my Music Therapy at Home sessions be secure and private?

Yes!  Music therapists are ethically and legally bound to the privacy protection law called HIPAA.  Your music therapist will be in a private, secure place during for the session with you. Music Therapy at Home utilizes a secure, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platform called TheraPlatform.  It also provides for secure scheduling, form e-signing, invoicing and credit card payment.

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