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Music Therapy As Career Choice. ChihChen Sophia Lee, Ph.D. MT-BC Director of Music Therapy Southwestern Oklahoma State University. What is Music Therapy?.

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music therapy as career choice

Music Therapy As Career Choice

ChihChen Sophia Lee, Ph.D. MT-BC

Director of Music Therapy

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

what is music therapy
What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program—American Music Therapy Association (AMTA, 2005)

work settings served by music therapist
Work Settings Served by Music Therapist

Source: AMTA 2010Member Sourcebook, p.215

age groups served by music therapist
Age Groups Served by Music Therapist

Source: AMTA 2010 Member Sourcebook, p.217

what music therapists do
What Music Therapists Do
  • Providing Music Therapy Services and interdisciplinary programming (Co-Programs)
  • Coordinating with other disciplines for clients’ treatment/care plan
  • Therapeutic assessment, evaluation, and consultation
  • Recreational music programming
  • Extra duties as assigned (ex. Marketing, etc.)
areas of concerns addressed in music therapy
Areas of Concerns Addressed in Music Therapy
  • Communication
  • Cognitive/Academic Skills
  • Sensorimotor/Motor Skills
  • Emotional Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Musical Skills
personal characteristics for music therapists
Personal Characteristics for Music Therapists
  • Good Musician & Good Therapist!
  • Good physical health
  • Emotional stability
  • Sincere interest in helping others
  • Accept that rewards in a helping profession are intangible
job advancement for music therapists
Job Advancement for Music Therapists
  • Activity Coordinator/Director
  • Activity Therapist
  • Adjunctive Therapist
  • Case Manager
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Creative Arts Therapist
  • Director/Administrator/Supervisor
  • Expressive Arts Therapist
  • (University) Faculty
job advancement for music therapists continued
Job Advancement for Music Therapists (Continued)
  • Music Educator
  • Music Specialist
  • Music Therapist
  • Other
  • QMRP
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Self-employed
  • Special Educator
preparatory certification process
Preparatory/Certification Process
  • Attending Music Therapy Programs Accredited by American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and National Association of School of Music (NASM)—4+yr. College
  • Complete appx. 1040 hrs. (6-month) Music Therapy Internship
  • Pass National Board Certification Exam for Music Therapists (Credential: MT-BC)
academic preparation prior to majoring in music therapy
Academic Preparation Prior to Majoring in Music Therapy
  • Music (Major instrument, Keyboard/piano, Guitar, Voice, etc.)
  • Biology/physiology
  • Social studies/Psychology
  • 2nd language
for further inquiry about music therapy please contact
For Further Inquiry About Music Therapy, Please Contact :

ChihChen Sophia Lee, PhD, MT-BC

Director of Music Therapy

South Western Oklahoma State University

100 Campus Dr.

Weatherford, OK 73096

Tel: (580) 774-3218

Fax: (580) 774-3714

Email: Sophia.lee@swosu.edu

SWOSU MT Website: www.swosu.edu/music/therapy