Frequently Asked Questions
In addition, The National Music Therapy Registry lists qualified music therapy professionals with the following designations: RMT, CMT, ACMT. These individuals have met accepted educational and clinical training standards and are qualified to practice music therapy until the year 2020. After that time, MT-BC will be only acceptable entry-level credential.
Other music professionals such as Certified Music Practitioners, Harp Therapists and Certified Music Thanatologists offer a valuable service. There are several differences such as the amount of training, level of supervision during training, target clientele, and instruments or repertoire used in clinical settings. A comparison table can be found by clicking here.
Music therapists are certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists which is regulated by an independent and nationally-recognized accrediting agency, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Music therapy is also the only therapeutic music profession recognized by the American Medical Association, and as such is the only one that is potentially insurance reimbursable.