Projected Growth: Faster than average
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Considerable Preparation Needed
Your job is to Plan, organize, or direct medically prescribed music therapy activities designed to positively influence patients’ psychological or behavioral status.
Common job titles of Music Therapists include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
75% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
12.5% said they needed a Master's Degree.
Sing or play musical instruments, such as keyboard, guitar, or percussion instruments.
Compose, arrange, or adapt music for music therapy treatments.
Improvise instrumentally, vocally, or physically to meet client's therapeutic needs.
Plan or structure music therapy sessions to achieve appropriate transitions, pacing, sequencing, energy level, or intensity in accordance with treatment plans.
Engage clients in music experiences to identify client responses to different styles of music, types of musical experiences, such as improvising or listening, or elements of music, such as tempo or harmony.
Observe and document client reactions, progress, or other outcomes related to music therapy.
Assess client functioning levels, strengths, and areas of need in terms of perceptual, sensory, affective, communicative, musical, physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, or other abilities.
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.
Select or adapt musical instruments, musical equipment, or non-musical materials, such as adaptive devices or visual aids, to meet treatment objectives.
Integrate behavioral, developmental, improvisational, medical, or neurological approaches into music therapy treatments.
Communicate with clients to build rapport, acknowledge their progress, or reflect upon their reactions to musical experiences.
Design music therapy experiences, using various musical elements to meet client's goals or objectives.
Supervise staff, volunteers, practicum students, or interns engaged in music therapy activities.
Apply current technology to music therapy practices.
Document evaluations, treatment plans, case summaries, or progress or other reports related to individual clients or client groups.
Gather diagnostic data from sources such as case documentation, observations of clients, or interviews with clients or family members.
Customize treatment programs for specific areas of music therapy, such as intellectual or developmental disabilities, educational settings, geriatrics, medical settings, mental health, physical disabilities, or wellness.
Confer with professionals on client's treatment team to develop, coordinate, or integrate treatment plans.
Apply selected research findings to practice.
Assess the risks and benefits of treatment termination for clients.
Establish client goals or objectives for music therapy treatment, considering client needs, capabilities, interests, overall therapeutic program, coordination of treatment, or length of treatment.
Communicate client assessment findings and recommendations in oral, written, audio, video, or other forms.
Analyze or synthesize client data to draw conclusions or make recommendations for therapy.
Analyze data to determine the effectiveness of specific treatments or therapy approaches.
Participate in continuing education.
Collaborate with others to design or implement interdisciplinary treatment programs.
Identify and respond to emergency physical or mental health situations.
Conduct information sharing sessions, such as in-service workshops for other professionals, potential client groups, or the general community.
Adapt existing or develop new music therapy assessment instruments or procedures to meet an individual client's needs.
Conduct, or assist in the conduct of, music therapy research.
Video game consoles
Music video games
Heart rate monitors
Digital video cameras
Digital audio recorders
Computer laser printers
Compact disk CD players
Automatic blood pressure cuffs
Avid Technology Pro Tools
Electronic health record EHR software
Musical instrument digital interface MIDI software
Virtual instrument software
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.