Music Therapists
SOC: 29-1125.02

Description:

Plan, organize, or direct medically prescribed music therapy activities designed to positively influence patients' psychological or behavioral status.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
18,600 employed

Projected (2024):
20,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Clinician
  • Community Music Therapist
  • Creative Arts Music Therapist
  • Director of Music
  • Director of Music Therapy
  • Director, Private Music Therapy Agency
  • Expressive Music Therapist
  • Home Care Music Therapist
  • Hospice Music Therapist
  • Hospice Music Therapy
  • Music Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Therapist, Primary Service Coordinator
  • Music Therapist, Public School System
  • Music Therapy Specialist


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Adapt existing or develop new music therapy assessment instruments or procedures to meet an individual client's needs.
  • Analyze data to determine the effectiveness of specific treatments or therapy approaches.
  • Analyze or synthesize client data to draw conclusions or make recommendations for therapy.
  • Assess client functioning levels, strengths, and areas of need in terms of perceptual, sensory, affective, communicative, musical, physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, or other abilities.
  • Communicate client assessment findings and recommendations in oral, written, audio, video, or other forms.
  • Confer with professionals on client's treatment team to develop, coordinate, or integrate treatment plans.
  • Customize treatment programs for specific areas of music therapy, such as intellectual or developmental disabilities, educational settings, geriatrics, medical settings, mental health, physical disabilities, or wellness.
  • Design music therapy experiences, using various musical elements to meet client's goals or objectives.
  • Engage clients in music experiences to identify client responses to different styles of music, types of musical experiences, such as improvising or listening, or elements of music, such as tempo or harmony.
  • Establish client goals or objectives for music therapy treatment, considering client needs, capabilities, interests, overall therapeutic program, coordination of treatment, or length of treatment.
  • Gather diagnostic data from sources such as case documentation, observations of clients, or interviews with clients or family members.
  • Improvise instrumentally, vocally, or physically to meet client's therapeutic needs.
  • Observe and document client reactions, progress, or other outcomes related to music therapy.
  • Plan or structure music therapy sessions to achieve appropriate transitions, pacing, sequencing, energy level, or intensity in accordance with treatment plans.
  • Sing or play musical instruments, such as keyboard, guitar, or percussion instruments.
  • Design or provide music therapy experiences to address client needs, such as using music for self-care, adjusting to life changes, improving cognitive functioning, raising self-esteem, communicating, or controlling impulses.
  • Select or adapt musical instruments, musical equipment, or non-musical materials, such as adaptive devices or visual aids, to meet treatment objectives.
  • Communicate with clients to build rapport, acknowledge their progress, or reflect upon their reactions to musical experiences.
  • Document evaluations, treatment plans, case summaries, or progress or other reports related to individual clients or client groups.
  • Assess the risks and benefits of treatment termination for clients.
  • Compose, arrange, or adapt music for music therapy treatments.
  • Conduct information sharing sessions, such as in-service workshops for other professionals, potential client groups, or the general community.
  • Conduct or assist in the conduct of music therapy research.
  • Identify and respond to emergency physical or mental health situations.
  • Integrate behavioral, developmental, improvisational, medical, or neurological approaches into music therapy treatments.
  • Apply selected research findings to practice.
  • Supervise staff, volunteers, practicum students, or interns engaged in music therapy activities.
  • Apply current technology to music therapy practices.
  • Collaborate with others to design or implement interdisciplinary treatment programs.
  • Participate in continuing education.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acoustic guitars
  • Autoharps
  • Automatic blood pressure cuffs
  • Bass drums
  • Cellos
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer laser printers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital video cameras
  • Electronic keyboards
  • Electronic organs
  • Handbells
  • Handheld microphones
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Laptop computers
  • Metallophones
  • MP3 players
  • Music video games
  • Musical flutes
  • Orchestral cymbals
  • Personal computers
  • Pianos
  • Rhythm instruments
  • Snare drums
  • Tablet computers
  • Timpani
  • Video game consoles
  • Violins
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Electronic health record software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Musical instrument digital interface MIDI software
  • Virtual instrument software
  • Web browser software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800