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Music Therapy: Professional Organizations and Online Resources

Professional Organizations

American Music Therapy Association advances public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increases access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.  

Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association covers Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC.

VMTA: Virginia Music Therapy Association advances music therapy in the state of Virginia.

Certification Board for Music Therapists  is the only American organization to certify music therapists to practice music therapy in the U.S. It has been fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1986.

NCCATA: National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations is an alliance of professional associations dedicated to the advancement of the arts as therapeutic modalities. 

European Music Therapy Confederation is a forum for exchange among music therapists in Europe.

WFMT: World Federation of Music Therapy is dedicated to developing and promoting music therapy throughout the world as an art and science.

Online Resources

American Society on Aging
Council for Exceptional Children

Music and the Brain:  podcasts from the U.S. Library of Congress.  The series is comprised of lectures, conversations and symposia focusing on the explosion of new research at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and music.

Music Therapy Research Blog
U.S. Department of Education IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)