Journal Article

Music Therapy Education and Training: A Survey of Master's Level Music Therapists

Jennifer G. Wyatt and Margaret Furioso

in Music Therapy Perspectives

Published on behalf of American Music Therapy Association

Volume 18, issue 2, pages 103-109
Published in print January 2000 | ISSN: 0734-6875
Published online January 2000 | e-ISSN: 2053-7387 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mtp/18.2.103
Music Therapy Education and Training: A Survey of Master's Level Music Therapists

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This survey was designed (a) to determine how music therapists rated their undergraduate or equivalency education in music therapy, and (b) to identify the primary reasons music therapists pursue master's level training in music therapy. 103 music therapists with Master of Music in music therapy and Master of Music Therapy degrees were selected from the 1998 American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Membership Sourcebook to participate in the study. Upon receipt of the completed surveys, the reasons cited were classified into six categories: (a) professional advancement, (b) advanced clinical training and education, (c) eligibility for undergraduate teaching, (d) equivalency completed concurrently with master's degree, (e) interest in learning research methods, and (f) personal reasons. The cumulative return rate was 89%. Over 70% of respondents agreed that their undergraduate or equivalency education adequately prepared them for a music therapy job, as assessed on a Likert-type scale. Forty percent of the sample completed an equivalency concurrently with their Master's degree.

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