This search includes the MeSH term Music Therapy, defined as:
Music Therapy: The use of music as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of neurological, mental, or behavioral disorders.
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Music Therapists incorporate a range of music making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship. They are employed in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice. Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing.
Source: Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
“For many of us, music is a lifelong companion. When we are confronted with the end of life and find ourselves in palliative care, our listening and music-making choices can enable us to keep connected with who we are and the life we have lived. It can also help us to truly live right to the end.”
Source: Music therapy in palliative care, AMTA, 2013.
There are two routes to becoming a Registered Music Therapist:
1. Successfully complete an AMTA accredited tertiary course and then apply for registration from the AMTA; or,
2. Apply for registration from the AMTA based on an equivalent qualification, probably undertaken overseas.