Music Therapists

Music Therapist Works with a Patient

Music therapists treat and rehabilitate people with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities. They use the creative process of music in their therapy sessions to determine the underlying causes of problems and to help patients achieve therapeutic goals. The specific objectives of the therapeutic activities vary according to the needs of the patient and the setting of the therapy program. There are approximately 18,600 recreational therapists, including music therapists, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Use music to treat and rehabilitate people with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Music
  • Psychology
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervising Music Therapist or College Professor
  • Experienced Music Therapist
  • Entry-Level Music Therapist