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.

Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Music Therapist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$5,201 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Meaningful Day ServicesMeaningful Day Services
Music Therapist
22 Apr 2022

“11 hours to complete.”

Creative IdentityCreative Identity
Music Therapist
7 Apr 2020

“Some of the best things about working at Creative Identity include great availability of supervisors, on”

Joyful Music TherapyJoyful Music Therapy
Music Therapist
25 Feb 2021

“My coworkers are the best, and I feel extremely supported.”

Embracing AbilitiesEmbracing Abilities
Music Therapist
13 Apr 2020

“As a new music therapist and Embracing Abilities being my first job, I have had nothing but incredible support while building my first caseload.”

Disability Services of the SouthwestDisability Services of the Southwest
Music Therapist
2 Dec 2019

“Make my own schedule and great pay per hour”

Masters Level Therapist
21 Jan 2021

“own schedule, payment is ok to not have license.”

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