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.

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.”
-definition from American Music Therapy Association website 2016

Music Therapy Association of Minnesota (MTAM)

Minnesota is one of six states within the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association. Other states include Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.


The Music Therapy Association of Minnesota, a 501(c)3
organization, strives to enhance quality music therapy
services in the state of Minnesota through providing
engaging and relevant education opportunities to
members and the public, supporting the professional
community, advocating for professional recognition, and
fostering community partnerships.

Speakers Available

Members of MTAM are available to present on a variety of music therapy related topics. Please contact Jennifer Hicks (musictherapymn@gmail.com) if you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your organization.
Examples of Presentation Topics:
Music Therapy in relation to-
-Physical, Cognitive, Neurological, Sensory or Emotional Disabilities
-Mental Illness
-Eating Disorders
-Early Childhood Development
-Terminal Illness
-Pain Relief
-Relaxation/Stress Relief
*Speakers are also available to present and teach tips on how to use music in a therapeutic manner in your workplace or home.