What is Music Therapy?

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do I have to be good at music to receive music therapy services?

    • No, a musical background is not necessary for successful participation. Each session is set up to create maximum musical success.

  • What does a music therapy session look like?

    • Music therapy sessions may look like fun and entertainment, but they are actually full of goal oriented interventions. All music therapy sessions consist of interactive music making that supports the achievement of individual goals. Because of the individualized nature of treatment, each session will look a little different.

  • How is it different from a music listening program?

    • Music listening programs like Music and Memory passively employ music, while clinical music therapy uses active engagement and research based intervention to achieve greater results.

  • Where can I find out more information about music therapy?

    • The American Music Therapy Association has bountiful information on music therapy. 

    • Also watch our Facebook Page for links and articles about music therapy as well as future events in the Pullman Washington and Moscow Idaho region.


Music Therapists complete an approved undergraduate or graduate

program from one of over 70 accredited universities, complete 1,200 hours of direct clinical experience training and a six month internship at an American Music Therapy Association approved site, as well as pass a national board certification exam to receive the credential: “Music Therapist Board Certified (MT-BC)”


The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy in this way:

Music Therapy is an established, allied health profession that uses music to address physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy is recognized as being clinical, and research-based. The profession uses music therapeutically to improve mood, increase mobility, increase communication, speed healing, and elevate quality of life for all. 

To learn more about music therapy please go to www.musictherapy.org