How does one become a Music Therapist?

One must complete a four year music therapy degree program approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Many colleges and universities offer AMTA-approved music therapy programs and a complete list can be found on AMTA’s website. After completing four years of college, one must then complete a 6-9 month AMTA approved internship. Internship sites can be found all over the United States and also include work with a wide variety of populations in a variety of settings. After completing the internship, one must take (and pass) the board examination to become a Music Therapist, Board Certified. The credential is designated as MT-BC. Music therapists must renew their certification every 5 years.