Frequently Asked Questions

What is music therapy?
Music therapy is an established healthcare profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and the social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and /or listening to music.

Where do music therapists work?
People at all developmental levels benefit from the healing potentials of music! Therefore, music therapists work in healthcare settings as diverse as neonatal care to end of life/hospice care. See the career page for more information.

What are the job opportunities in music therapy?
There are many job opportunities in music therapy, both part-time and full-time. By receiving a degree in music therapy at Molloy College you will benefit from opportunities for professional networking by attending conferences, workshops, and hands-on clinical experiences through fieldwork and internship.

What do music therapists do?
Music therapists assess the emotional, cognitive, physical, social, and psychological strengths and needs of individuals and groups in therapy. They then individualize music therapy treatment by facilitating a variety of music therapy experiences such as, improvisation, songwriting, song discussion and lyric analysis, music and relaxation, music and imagery, music performance, to name a few. Music therapists work to evaluate treatment, working with other healthcare professionals in the process.

Is there research to support the effectiveness music therapy?
Yes and it is growing. There are two peer-reviewed journals published by the American Music Therapy Association, The Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives. Music therapy research is also published in various international music therapy and other healthcare journals. At Molloy College, we train our students to use evidence-based practice and how to inspire them to be future researchers!

Where can I find more Fast Facts about the field of music therapy?
Additional information about music therapy can be found on the website of the American Music Therapy Association. You can also visit the Certification Board for Music Therapists website.

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Music Therapy, Special Projects Coordinator
Lora Heller, MT-BC, LCAT
1000 Hempstead Avenue Public Square 220 Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002


Coleen Petersen
Administrative Assistant