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The American
Music Therapy
The Harmony and Connection of
AMTA Membership
The Mission of AMTA
To advance public awareness
of the benefits of music therapy
and increase access
to quality music therapy services
in a rapidly changing world.
 Founded in 1998 through the unification
of the National Association of Music
Therapy (est. 1950) and the American
Association of Music Therapy (est.
 More people come to know about music
therapy through the work of AMTA.
 AMTA builds public awareness of the
profession through its website, media
articles, research dissemination, and
therapist referrals.
AMTA Structure
The work of the association is done by members
Regional Student
Student MT
Groups & Clubs
Offices in AMTA
 Members
 Board of Directors
 Council on Continuing Education & Clinical Training
 Committees
 Council on Professional Practices
 Committees
 Council on Association Services
 Committees
 Executive Director
 National Office Staff
 Assembly of Delegates
 Ad-hoc committees
 Boards
 Regions
Council on Education & Clinical Training
Contains the following Committees:
 Academic Program Approval
 Association Internship Approval
 Continuing Education
Council on Education & Clinical Training
Academic Program Approval Committee
 To support the establishment and maintenance
of standards of excellence for education and
clinical training in the field through
collaboration with appropriate association
bodies (e.g. other national committees and the
Education and Training Advisory Board).
 To utilize these standards as evaluative criteria
for recommending approval for academic
institutions upon initial application and review,
and every ten years thereafter in conjunction
with the NASM accreditation/affirmation review.
Council on Education & Clinical Training
Association Internship Approval Committee
 To establish, maintain and improve standards
for the training of music therapists
participating in AMTA programs on the
National Internship Roster.
 To encourage and assist persons in their
clinical preparation for music therapy practice.
Council on Education & Clinical Training
Continuing Education Committee
 To ensure that the continuing education
courses offered by AMTA adhere to the
guidelines established by the Certification
Board for Music Therapists.
 To promote the value of board certification
and strive to provide continuing education
opportunities that meet the educational needs
of the members of AMTA.
Council on Association Services
Contains the following Committees:
Affiliate Relations
Employment & Public Relations
International Relations
Professional Advocacy
Special Target Populations
Council on Association Services
Affiliate Relations Committee
 To interpret the music therapy profession to
other professionals, disciplines and
organizations in the United States.
 To interpret attitudes and opinions of these
groups toward the music therapy profession
and its services.
 To identify, encourage, maintain and make
recommendations regarding relationships
between AMTA and other professional
Council on Association Services
Employment & Public Relations Committee
 To facilitate the dissemination of accurate and
up-to-date information on music therapy to
members and consumers of AMTA.
Council on Association Services
International Relations Committee
 To facilitate awareness of international opportunities
and events by AMTA members, and the inclusion of
international perspectives of music therapy in AMTA.
 To assist the President of AMTA with matters
concerning the World Federation of Music Therapy
(WFMT), such as facilitating communication and the
distribution of information as well as suggesting the
names of appropriate AMTA members who might fill
WFMT council membership positions.
Council on Association Services
International Relations Committee (continued)
 To assist international students.
 To collaborate with the AMTA Vice President
(conference chair) to identify a local group or performer
who would make a musical presentation representing a
diverse ethnic music tradition and provide a workshop
experience in the basic techniques of that musical
 To facilitate awareness of music therapy among
disciplines, organization and professionals in other
Council on Association Services
Membership Committee
 To insure the growth and development of AMTA
by determining ways to increase membership.
 To promote the value of all categories of AMTA
 To evaluate the needs of AMTA members.
Council on Association Services
Professional Advocacy Committee
 To advocate for the professional representation
of the field of music therapy.
 To assist membership in responding to
misrepresentation of music therapy in the
media and the public.
Council on Association Services
Special Target Populations Committee
 To provide coordination for networking
opportunities among practitioners of special
target populations, between committees and
with professionals in related fields.
Council on Professional Practice
Contains the following Committees:
Government Relations
Standards of Clinical Practice
Communication and Technology
Council on Professional Practice
Government Relations Committee
 To increase access to quality music therapy
services through monitoring and responding to
state and federal legislation that impacts music
therapy practice and/or impacts healthcare and
education service delivery to current and future
music therapy clients.
Council on Professional Practice
Reimbursement Committee
 To increase access to music therapy services
by increasing the percentage of music therapy
services receiving reimbursement.
Council on Professional Practice
Research Committee
 To take complete responsibility for the research
sessions at national conferences.
 To encourage and promote research of all
types of research methodology in music
Council on Professional Practice
Standards of Clinical Practice Committee
 To develop, assess, and update the AMTA
Standards of Clinical Practice.
Council on Professional Practice
Communication and Technology Committee
 To educate the AMTA on the current
technology practices of its membership and
promote technology-related events at
 To support the membership of the AMTA in
their uses of technology.
AMTA Membership
Graduate Student
Honorary Life/Life
Affiliate/Educational Affiliate
Professional Membership
 For practicing music therapists and interested
 Receives the most member benefits and privileges
 Receives all publications (Journal of Music Therapy,
Music Therapy Perspectives, Music Therapy Matters,
AMTA Sourcebook)
 Access to the Member Area of website
 Voting and office holding privileges
 Regional membership included for those who reside in
one of AMTA’s 7 regions
 Other discounts and benefits
Associate Membership
 For non-music therapists who want to support
the mission of AMTA
 Professional level, non-music therapist
 Same benefits of membership as Professional
but does not include the right to vote and hold
 Associate members are also members of
Student/Graduate Student Membership
 For full-time students
 Member benefits (journals, mailings) are the same as
Professional - at less than half the cost - with the
exception of holding office on AMTA committees and
voting in national elections
 Can sit on AMTA committees as a Student Liaison or
 Can run for and hold office and vote in AMTAS
(student organization) elections
 Student/Grad. Student members of AMTA are
automatically members of AMTAS as well as the
region in which they reside
Other membership categories
 Retired – must be of legal retirement age
 Inactive – for professional music therapists who are
not currently working due to illness, job loss, raising a
family, etc. (must meet criteria and apply each year)
 Patron – for organizations, institutions, agencies,
 Affiliate – for schools and service providing
institutions. For institutions that have AMTA-approved
programs a special designation of “Educational
Affiliate” is available
AMTAS (American Music Therapy
Association Students)
 Student organization within AMTA
 Student and Graduate Student members are
automatically members of AMTAS when they join
 Over 1000 student members comprise 1/3 of the AMTA
 Student/Graduate Student members may vote and hold
office within AMTAS
 Student Affairs Advisory Board (SAAB) and student
liaisons to professional committees provide
representation as non-voting members.
AMTAS Mission
On a global level, AMTAS will increase
awareness, involvement, and knowledge
of music therapy students by fostering
communication and growth in preparation
for a professional career.
Regional Membership
 7 regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern,
New England, Southeastern, Southwestern, and
 AMTA members are automatically members of the
region (determined by the mailing address that
they provide to AMTA)
 A portion of AMTA dues goes to each region for
regional costs and activities.
 If you move to a new regional area, your regional
membership will change when you update your
mailing address with AMTA’s national office.
Benefits for
Using your AMTA membership to aid
your transition to Professional Music
AMTA Sourcebook
 Listings of AMTA approved schools and
internship sites
 Average salaries and demographic information
to help you set fees and negotiate salaries
when you start a job
 Networking – lists of professionals working in a
specific population or setting or area of the
 Official documents with which all members
should be familiar: Code of Ethics, Standards
of Clinical Practice, etc.
AMTA Scholarships
for Students and Interns
 E. Thayer Gaston Writing Competition awards $500
for undergraduate students
 Edwina Eustis Dick Scholarship awards $500 for
Music Therapy Interns
 Brian Smith Memorial Scholarship awards $500 for
Music Therapy Interns pursuing training in chemical
dependency or adolescent programs
 Regional Scholarships and Awards – many regions
have additional funds for student and intern
scholarships – check with a regional representative in
your area or the regional website for more information
Most AMTA member categories receive all of the
following publications:
 Journal of Music Therapy – 4 issues/year with a
focus on current music therapy research and theory
 Music Therapy Perspectives – 2 issues/year with a
focus on music therapy practice, as well as on
academics and administration
 Music Therapy Matters – 4+ issues/year. AMTA’s
newsletter focuses on business and activities, current
happenings and events, employment trends and
opportunities, and topical items of general interest
about music therapy
 AMTA Sourcebook – 1 issue/year. Provides valuable
employment data and facilitates the formation of
networks. Published in late Summer each year for the
most complete information and membership directory.
AMTA members enjoy discounts on a variety of
products and publications including:
 AMTA products (40% or more discount on most items)
 Books (students may purchase AMTA-published
textbooks through AMTA at the member discount rather
than at your school bookstore price)
 AMTA national conference registration
 AMTA regional conference registration
Networking and Communication
 Mentorship/networking with others who are working –
how to start a private practice, best interventions with
specific populations, best place to purchase
instruments, etc.
 Attending regional and national conferences - helps
you get to know students at other schools and develop
a peer network
 Conferences - great opportunities to meet prospective
clinical training directors and employers
 Labels and Lists - Members can purchase (at more
than 50% discount) mailing lists of members to conduct
surveys and gather information for research, etc.
AMTA Website
 Educates the public about music therapy
 AMTA’s advocacy work means that you have to
answer the question �what is music therapy’
less often!
 Conference and association business updates
 Legislative updates and calls-for-action
 Internship and recruitment page listings
Member Area of Website
Join AMTA and get a user name and password to enter
AMTA Member Handbook
AMTA Professional Opportunities listing
Resources for private practice
Government relations updates
Committee pages – with updates on the committee
work and information and links to related
 Music Therapy Matters
 Scholarship and Award information
 Lists of committees and contact information
Benefits for Interns
Music Therapy Interns enjoy all of the
benefits that their AMTA membership
category provides. Interns may join AMTA
as a Professional member if they choose,
but as an additional assistance, Student
membership is extended to potential
members while they are completing an
internship in music therapy, even though
they may not be enrolled in a university
program full time.
Benefits for Interns
 Low cost “Student” membership available while you
are an intern
 Listing AMTA membership on a resume shows
commitment to the profession and knowledge of the
latest trends
 Access to the Member Area for job opportunities
 Referral lists of qualified members are provided to
consumers seeking music therapy services
 CD-ROM for research (over 50% member discount)
 Use the Sourcebook to network with others working
with the same population, setting or geographical
area, starting a private practice, etc.
 Student and Intern Scholarship opportunities
More Benefits for Interns
“Welcome to the Profession” Packet
 Apply in the 3rd month of your internship
 Must have internship supervisor sign and fill out form
 Information for new professionals about finding a job
 Free sample brochures and articles
 Includes coupons:
 $70 off of first year of Professional membership!
 $50 off national conference registration fees
 Free choice of product from AMTA Catalog
Benefits for
Membership helps both new and
seasoned professionals to stay
connected and enhance your practice of
music therapy, whether looking for a job,
starting a new job, working in a facility
where music therapy is established, or
starting and growing a private practice.
Benefits for New Professionals
 Sourcebook – stay in touch with friends from school,
network with other professionals in your same setting
or population, negotiate with facility administrators for
new jobs in music therapy using Statistical Information
 Additional Continuing Education opportunities –
dispersed through ENews, Regions, Regional and
national websites, listservs
 Vote in national/regional elections, serve on
committees, hold office
 Learn about trends in the profession – reimbursement,
new treatment interventions, ways to work with
populations, etc
 Committee work – supports you in your practice of
music therapy
Benefits for New Professionals
 Liability insurance offered to members through HPSO
 MBNA offers a “Music Therapy” credit card and 2% of
all purchases made go to AMTA to support its mission
and fund additional programs and benefits
 Potential job contacts – qualified members’ information
is included on referral lists given to consumers seeking
music therapy services
 Public education materials such as AMTA brochures,
“Music Therapy Makes a Difference” (general
information brochure) and “Resources & Trends in
Music Therapy Reimbursement” (information about
funding music therapy services) available at low cost.
Benefits for New Professionals
 National office staff available to help with questions:
private practice, reimbursement, starting a new
program, letters of support, etc.
 Committee chairs and members in the Sourcebook can
also be contacted for specific questions
 Continuing Education opportunities – to gain credits for
MT-BC recertification
 All members offered a complimentary subscription to
Music Therapy ENews, AMTA’s electronic newsletter,
for timely information about related conferences, new
items, and opportunities
Professional Scholarships
and Awards
 Florence Tyson Grant to Study Music
Psychotherapy for professionals doing post-graduate
training in music psychotherapy
 AMTA Conference Scholar provides professional
music therapists financial support to attend National
 Anne Emery Kyllo Scholarship supports professional
music therapists in their efforts to expand their training
in continuing education opportunities
 Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award grants $10,000
per year to support research in music therapy
Your membership helps support the
music therapy profession
Articles about music therapy on TV and in print don’t just
happen. They come from hundreds of hours of
advocacy performed by AMTA members, committees
and staff. More people than ever before know about
music therapy and its benefits because of the support
of each and every AMTA member, whether through
their donations, time, services, or membership dollars.
Together we can help make AMTA’s mission possible: to
advance public knowledge of music therapy benefits
and increase access to quality services for those who
need them.
Everyone plays a vital role in AMTA
Where do I Fit In? How Do I Get Involved?
 Help spread the word about music therapy
 Distribute brochures to educate potential consumers and
administrators of the benefits of music therapy
 Talk to your local legislators
 Get involved in the Activities of AMTA
Present at conference
Speak at a high school career day
Run for office or serve on a committee
VOTE in national elections
Attend business meetings at conferences
You are necessary in the mission of AMTA because
Don’t Forget…
Apply for your “Welcome to the Profession”
Packet and receive $70 off of your first year of
professional membership dues!!
Get your application at
and click on “careers”
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