At Mid-South Music Therapy Services, our goal is to provide quality clinical music therapy services to infants, children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities.
According to the American Music Therapy Association, "Music Therapy is 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."
Simply put, music therapy is the use of music and musical activities to reach non-musical goals. A music therapist will design activities (playing, listening, singing, etc.), that not only target the person's needs, but support his or her strengths as well.
A music therapist is a credentialed professional who has been through rigorous academic training, and has at least a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. After completion of the academic requirements, all music therapy students must complete 1040 hours of clinical internship, and pass a board-certification examination before receiving the designation MT-BC. The Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) is the only agency that certifies music therapists to practice nationally. See www.cbmt.org for more information, or visit The American Music Therapy Association at www.musictherapy.org .