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Music Therapist

Use music to support people as they strive to improve their health and wellbeing.

What's it like to be a Music Therapist?

Music Therapists plan and conduct music therapy sessions or programs to improve clients’ emotional, physical and cognitive well-being.

Tasks and duties

  • Establishing goals and objectives for music therapy sessions in consultation with client or client groups.
  • Designing music therapy sessions to meet a client’s goals or objectives.
  • Instructing individuals or groups in the use of music
  • Providing guided self-expression through music to help clients recover from or cope with cognitive or emotional difficulties.
  • Acknowledging client progress and reflecting upon their reactions to the muscial process.
  • Designing individual treatment plans that incorporate music therapy, counselling and psychotherapy techniques.
  • Writing progress reports related to individual clients or client groups.
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Music Therapists use singing, song writing, musical improvisation, receptive music listening and other speciality techniques to assist clients with a range of difficulties such as physical, communication and cognitive impairments, grief and loss, and pain management.

What can I earn as a Music Therapist?

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How to become a Music Therapist


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In order to practice in Australia, Music Therapists must be registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Pathways to registration require the completion of an AMTA accredited tertiary course.

  1. Complete an AMTA accredited tertiary course, such as the Master of Creative Music Therapy.
  2. Register with AMTA.
  3. Complete Continuing Professional Development set by AMTA.
  4. Adhere to the Code of Conduct, Standards of Practice and By-laws for Grievance Procedures.

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