What does a Music Therapist do?

Music therapists provide music therapy treatment and supportive services to patients. This therapy may be provided on an ongoing, outpatient basis or in a residential facility or inpatient setting. They perform evaluations, develop treatment plans, and may make recommendations for additional services or resources. They provide direct patient care utilizing the techniques and tools of music therapy. They ensure strict compliance with all applicable standards and regulations regarding patient care.

Music therapists typically have a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and are board eligible or board certified as a music therapist. They must have an in-depth understanding of current music therapy practices, techniques, and protocol. Familiarity with HIPAA regulations and other mandates regarding the security of patient records is required. These roles require excellent communication skills and the ability to treat patients with compassion and understanding.

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Music Therapist Salaries near Australia

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$5,368 /month
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Little SproutsLittle Sprouts
Music Therapist
13 July 2023

“The pay was not as expected.”

Nordoff Robbins Music TherapyNordoff Robbins Music Therapy
Music Therapist
23 Mar 2023

“I wish there was more room for career development.”

Meaningful Day ServicesMeaningful Day Services
Music Therapist
22 Apr 2022

“11 hours to complete.”

Kaiser PermanenteKaiser Permanente
Masters Level Therapist
5 Apr 2023

“Good benefits and pay.”

Music Therapist
27 Apr 2023

“Competitive pay.”

Music Speaks (MN)
Music Therapist
23 Feb 2023

“Flexible work schedule Good work variety”

The Music Therapy Center of CaliforniaThe Music Therapy Center of California
Music Therapist
14 Aug 2023

“As a young clinician (only two years in the field so far), I have felt incredibly supported in my career development while working here.”

Music Therapist
8 June 2022

“Great families/clients, opportunities for continuing education, 2 weeks PTO first year.”

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