Music Therapist

Music therapists are professionals who are not only passionate about music but also use music to work with people who have mental and physical disabilities. They use music to help raise their client’s confidence and improve their self-image or physical functioning. Music therapists work with clients of all ages ranging from children to older adults. They use music to help their clients cope with social emotional or physical problems. The specific activities they use for therapeutic purposes are tailored to the patient’s problems or disabilities. The problems music therapists treat include but are not limited to addiction eating disorders social anxiety and disorders in communication. When working in a clinical setting music therapists often consult with a team of professionals including medical doctors social workers and psychologists to create a treatment plan. Throughout the course of therapy they review the effectiveness of each session and keep a record of the client’s progress as measured by improvements in physical or mental state. The website states that aspiring music therapists need a bachelor’s degree in music or recreational therapy after which they must pass a certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. They must renew this certification every five years by taking continuing education courses or by retaking the certification exam. Depending on their specific employer music therapists may also need a license in a field such as social work mental health marriage and family therapy or education. The amount music therapists earn depends on the setting where they work. For example those working in schools usually earn less than those employed by hospitals. The website says that music therapists earn an average annual salary of $70000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $70000
High Salary: $80000
Low Salary: $60000
Tasks: Uses music in therapy sessions.
Encourages clients to participate by responding musically.
Helps clients communicate using musical cues.
Incorporates music and the creative process into therapy sessions through the assistance of various types of music.
Also Called: Therapist
Social Worker
Clinical Therapist
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