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Music Therapists

Also called: Board Certified Music Therapist; Clinician; Director, Private Music Therapy Agency; Music Therapist

What they do:
Plan, organize, or direct medically prescribed music therapy activities designed to positively influence patients' psychological or behavioral status.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • Assess client functioning levels, strengths, and areas of need in terms of perceptual, sensory, affective, communicative, musical, physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, or other abilities.
  • Sing or play musical instruments, such as keyboard, guitar, or percussion instruments.


  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Musical instrument digital interface MIDI software
Medical software
  • Electronic health record software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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