What is Music Therapy?
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 (AMTA, 2005)
Music therapy can be used as a treatment for rehabilitating, maintaining, and improving the lives of persons with emotional, cognitive, social, spiritual, psychological and physical needs.
Music has the following inherent qualities and is therefore, a valuable therapeutic tool. Music can reflect a full range of human emotions, is a nonverbal means of expression; can decrease anxiety and tension, assist in pain management, help relieve insomnia, and promote relaxation. Music reaches people on emotional, intellectual and physical levels, and can ease cultural and/or linguistic barriers while bringing people together in a shared experience.
The purpose of the Association is to support the aims and objectives of the American Music Therapy Association; to promote the growth of Music Therapy as a profession in the state of Utah; to provide a professional support group for Music Therapists in Utah; to encourage ongoing education of Music Therapy by providing speakers, workshops, and other special projects.