Become a Music Therapist

How Do I Become a Music Therapist?

Certified Music Therapists have completed a Bachelor degree, a Master degree, or a Graduate Certificate in music therapy and a 1000-hour supervised clinical internship.

University Education: University coursework consists of supervised clinical fieldwork placements and the academic study in the areas of music therapy research, music, and psychology.

Internship: Following the completion of a university degree in music therapy, the music therapist-in-training completes a 1000-hour supervised clinical internship. During the internship, the music therapy intern consolidates their knowledge and skills in music therapy, develops competence with one or more clinical populations and gradually assumes the full range of responsibilities of a professional music therapist. Upon successful completion of an internship, graduates are eligible to take the CBMT* Exam. Upon passing this exam, interns can apply for MTA Certification signifying they are qualified to work in the field and will adhere to the CAMT Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

*Certification Board of Music Therapists

Continuing Education: The education and development as therapists does not end with the completion of accreditation. MTA must maintain their credential every five years through the CAMT continuing education process. MTA thus are continually seeking to advance the theoretical and practical application of music therapy techniques.

If you have any further questions about music therapy training please contact education@mtaa.ca

Canadian Music Therapy Training Programs

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For more information about Music Therapy training and/or certification processes in Canada, please visit the Canadian Association of Music Therapists website www.musictherapy.ca or contact education@mtaa.ca