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.