Music Therapy Definition

Music therapy is a discipline in which Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.

Canadian Association of Music Therapists, September 2020

Music Therapy Scope of Practice

The services performed by an accredited music therapist include the knowledgeable use of established music therapy interventions within the context of a therapeutic/ psychotherapeutic relationship. This relationship is developed primarily through music-based, verbal and/or non-verbal communications. Music therapy processes can work to restore, maintain, and/or promote mental, physical, emotional, and/or spiritual health of all persons across the lifespan and functioning continums (including those who have severe and debilitating cognitive, neurological, behavioural and/or emotional disorders such as those outlined in the DSM-IV-TR). Music therapists conduct client assessments, develop treatment plans, implement therapy processes/treatment plans, evaluate progress, participate in research, provide clinical supervision to students/interns/professionals, work within interprofessional healthcare teams, work in private practice, and act as consultants to other professionals and the general public on the use of music to promote health and well being.

Music Therapy Association of Ontario, 2010