What is music therapy?

The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”  It's an established health profession where music is used to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of the client.  Learn more here.

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 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 if you live in a remote area or an area where there is no music therapist available to come to your 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 videoconferencing technology that can even include family members who aren’t in the same location

  • 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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