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Music therapy and Nursing Degree

  1. 0 How does becoming a rehabiliting Nurse connect with Music therapy. I have a strong desire to help people in the healthcare field, and Love to sing. I heard about the Music therapy. What a great combination, do you feel that it is best to pursue Nursing first and then Branch to Music Therapy?
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    From 'Maryland'; 39 Years Old; Joined Jan '03; Posts: 6.

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  3. Visit  JohnnyGage profile page
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    Not really an expert here, but my wife studied music therapy before branching off into teaching piano.

    I think it would be more beneficial to get your nursing degree first, that way you can have a solid income while you're in school for MT. Also, if you start nursing in a rehabilitation clinic, long term care, etc, you can establish yourself and perhaps move into MT when you graduate from that program.

    Just my $0.02.
  4. Visit  DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE profile page
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    There are many rehab facilities and long term care facilties that use music therapy... Grab your Rn, minor in music therapy and go to a wide open area.... Good luck.
    Zoe
  5. Visit  dianacs profile page
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    My school offers a degree in MT...it is quite a different field from nursing. Do you want to do both or do you really want to to just MT?
  6. Visit  NicoleJ profile page
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    Thanks for all of the helpful insight.. I want to become a Nurse, but I love the idea of using music and song to help others. It is my first love. I really think that music Therapy could be considered under HEALTHCARE> But I think it is safe to start with obtaining my RN Degree ,and then branch to Music Therapist.

    I want too share somehting,.. I was really discouraged a few days ago listening to the bitterness of the Nurses in different Forums. So I was trying to find every other career possible. I have a strong desire to get into the Medical Field, and Sing as well. I think Musical therapy can be the best of my 2 favorite Careers!!!

    Thanks...PEACE AND BLESSINGS
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    To answer Dianacs question, I want to study Music Therapy. I feel comfortable with getting My RN on the way!!!
  8. Visit  romie profile page
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    I studied music therapy at the graduate level. Perhaps I can shed some light on this highly misunderstood allied healthcare field. According to the American Music Therapy Association:
    Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
    In order to call yourself a music therapist, you have to complete at minimum fours years of college at an accredited music therapy school. The course work is very intense- you have to take lots of music theory classes, music history classes, music literature classes. You need to audition on your major instrument, whether it is voice, winds, piano, strings, etc. You need to learn how to play every orchestral instrument and demonstrate proficency on them, including piano and guitar. You need to be able to sight-sing, which is a complex skill in which you sing on sight and command an unfamiliar piece of music. You need to be able to hear a piece of music and write down all of the pitches and rhythms on a score. In addition to course work in which you master all of these skills, you have a weekly clinical in which you conduct music sessions in a group setting. Each session plan takes at least 8 hours to prepare and has to be approved by your clinical supervisor. Finally, after completing your course work, you are required to complete a 6 month, full time and usually unpaid internship. The internship sites are very limited an almost always require students to relocate to the other side of the country. Finally, after the internship you sit for a national exam and earn you earn the following credential: MT-BC (music therapist, board certified). Only then can you call yourself a music therapist.
    There are so many uninformed people and organizations out there calling themselves music therapist and what they do music therapy. If you do not hold the MT-BC credential but call yourself a music therapist, you are slapping the face of every music therapist who spent years in school, thousands of dollars on tuition, instruments and spent all that unpaid time in clinicals and internships. Please do not do it. I know of plenty of organizations that falsely market themselves as providing music therapy when all they really have is an unlicensed assistive person with a boom box and elevator music. Think about how hard you worked for your nursing credentials and be sure to give the same respect to your allied healthcare professionals. This information holds true for Art Therapists, Dance Therapists and other creative arts therapists.

    I encourage every nurse to familiarize themselves with each of these wonderful treatment modalities!

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    Quote from romie
    There are so many uninformed people and organizations out there calling themselves music therapist and what they do music therapy. If you do not hold the MT-BC credential but call yourself a music therapist, you are slapping the face of every music therapist who spent years in school, thousands of dollars on tuition, instruments and spent all that unpaid time in clinicals and internships. Please do not do it. I know of plenty of organizations that falsely market themselves as providing music therapy when all they really have is an unlicensed assistive person with a boom box and elevator music. Think about how hard you worked for your nursing credentials and be sure to give the same respect to your allied healthcare professionals. This information holds true for Art Therapists, Dance Therapists and other creative arts therapists.

    I encourage every nurse to familiarize themselves with each of these wonderful treatment modalities!

    :yeahthat:
  10. Visit  Calgon-take.me.away profile page
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    :Melody: Good Afternoon.
    My daughter is currently a music therapy student at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. I have been a nurse specializing in Geriatric care for 12 years. Last week, she called me crying. It seems that the university's Provost, or in other words decides who gets money, has decided that the music therapy program is going to be ended after the present graduates are finished. Mansfield University is home to the "Pride of Pennsylvania Marching Band". They are known for their excellance of music students and their graduates. Yet, the "powers that be" have decided that it was not in the bst interest to continue the program. No reasoning, no explanations, just this is how it is going to be.
    Music therapy is used in geriatrics and autistic children and has shown more and more promise as the therapy programs continue to grow. We need YOUR help. We need to contact the university and let them know that the program is tooooo important to discontinue!!
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  11. Visit  bogsnurse profile page
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    i need a certified music therapist for advice... where having a thesis about the effect of music therapy of geriatric patients. pls send me a message i you can lend a hand. thanks!!
  12. Visit  MeljabRN profile page
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    Quote from romie
    IYou need to audition on your major instrument, whether it is voice, winds, piano, strings, etc. You need to learn how to play every orchestral instrument and demonstrate proficency on them, including piano and guitar. You need to be able to sight-sing, which is a complex skill in which you sing on sight and command an unfamiliar piece of music. You need to be able to hear a piece of music and write down all of the pitches and rhythms on a score. In addition to course work in which you master all of these skills, you have a weekly clinical in which you conduct music sessions in a group setting. Each session plan takes at least 8 hours to prepare and has to be approved by your clinical supervisor. Finally, after completing your course work, you are required to complete a 6 month, full time and usually unpaid internship. The internship sites are very limited an almost always require students to relocate to the other side of the country. Finally, after the internship you sit for a national exam and earn you earn the following credential: MT-BC (music therapist, board certified). Only then can you call yourself a music therapist.
    There are so many uninformed people and organizations out there calling themselves music therapist and what they do music therapy. If you do not hold the MT-BC credential but call yourself a music therapist, you are slapping the face of every music therapist who spent years in school, thousands of dollars on tuition, instruments and spent all that unpaid time in clinicals and internships. Please do not do it. I know of plenty of organizations that falsely market themselves as providing music therapy when all they really have is an unlicensed assistive person with a boom box and elevator music. Think about how hard you worked for your nursing credentials and be sure to give the same respect to your allied healthcare professionals. This information holds true for Art Therapists, Dance Therapists and other creative arts therapists.

    I encourage every nurse to familiarize themselves with each of these wonderful treatment modalities!

    Actually, I am kind of sick of people affiliated with the AMTA and who hold the credential MT-BC having this "greater than thou" attitude. There are several non-factual statements that you are representing as fact in this post for example that:
    1. Music therapists need to be able to play every orchestral instrument, being able to sight sing and transcribe music - This is simply not true - The Berklee College of Music Music Therapy department and Lesley College in Boston both do not require learning more than voice, guitar and piano. And there are plenty of music therapist that are "MTBC" that have horrible voices and guitar/piano skills.
    2. The MT-BC is not a license like nursing, it is a certification, which isn't required by law. Just like a home health aid can be certified or not. There is no governing body, just a membership organization (AMTA) that you pay a membership fee to.
    3. There are plenty of great musicians who are just as qualified as MT-BC to do music therapy who have a degree in music who are intimidated by the AMTA. Just because the AMTA says "this is music therapy and nothing else is" means that this true. Their definition of "music therapy" isn't set it stone.
    4. I agree that there probably are some places marketing "music therapist" and then it is just a guy with a GED and a boombox however there are some professional musicians who have a bachelor/masters degree in music who dedicate their lives to music therapy who never get the respect they deserve because of the guidelines of the AMTA.
    5. It the AMTA really wanted to help people they would help music therapists who work as music therapists currently become certified by their organization through an "exception" program where their past work experience is evaluated and counted towards their intership hours, rather they intimidate these people and require that they quit their jobs (which they already hold the title music therapist) then go back to college for 2+ years and then work an unpaid internship across the country for 6 months. This isn't realistic for most people who just want to work as music therapists because they are good musicians and care about people.
    6. Just because these are the "rules" set forth by an organization who is not a governing body doesnt make them the right thing to do! You shouldn't have to pay over $100k for an education (Berklee rates, "best" music therapy prgm int he country) to state that you have compassion and musical talent.
    7. The AMTA has only been around for about 25 years, are you telling me there were no music therapists before that?

    Just my 2 cents.
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    Quote from MeljabRN
    Actually, I am kind of sick of people affiliated with the AMTA and who hold the credential MT-BC having this "greater than thou" attitude. There are several non-factual statements that you are representing as fact in this post for example that:
    1. Music therapists need to be able to play every orchestral instrument, being able to sight sing and transcribe music - This is simply not true - The Berklee College of Music Music Therapy department and Lesley College in Boston both do not require learning more than voice, guitar and piano. And there are plenty of music therapist that are "MTBC" that have horrible voices and guitar/piano skills.
    2. The MT-BC is not a license like nursing, it is a certification, which isn't required by law. Just like a home health aid can be certified or not. There is no governing body, just a membership organization (AMTA) that you pay a membership fee to.
    3. There are plenty of great musicians who are just as qualified as MT-BC to do music therapy who have a degree in music who are intimidated by the AMTA. Just because the AMTA says "this is music therapy and nothing else is" means that this true. Their definition of "music therapy" isn't set it stone.
    4. I agree that there probably are some places marketing "music therapist" and then it is just a guy with a GED and a boombox however there are some professional musicians who have a bachelor/masters degree in music who dedicate their lives to music therapy who never get the respect they deserve because of the guidelines of the AMTA.
    5. It the AMTA really wanted to help people they would help music therapists who work as music therapists currently become certified by their organization through an "exception" program where their past work experience is evaluated and counted towards their intership hours, rather they intimidate these people and require that they quit their jobs (which they already hold the title music therapist) then go back to college for 2+ years and then work an unpaid internship across the country for 6 months. This isn't realistic for most people who just want to work as music therapists because they are good musicians and care about people.
    6. Just because these are the "rules" set forth by an organization who is not a governing body doesnt make them the right thing to do! You shouldn't have to pay over $100k for an education (Berklee rates, "best" music therapy prgm int he country) to state that you have compassion and musical talent.
    7. The AMTA has only been around for about 25 years, are you telling me there were no music therapists before that?

    Just my 2 cents.
    I respectfully disagree -- I am a long time psychiatric RN who is also a trained classical musician (my "first life," before I went to nursing school), and I've worked with a number of (real) music therapists over the years. There is a tremendous difference between what "real" music therapists can accomplish with people vs. what a well-meaning, interested musician can accomplish. I've implemented plenty of musical activities on psych units over the years with clients, but would never present myself (or imagine myself) as a music therapist.

    To me, it's like saying that because anyone can carry on a conversation and psychotherapy looks like it consists of carrying on a conversation with someone, anyone can do psychotherapy ... Sorry, but it doesn't work that way. Music therapy, IMHO, is a highly specialized academic discipline, of which facility with one or more musical instruments is just one small part.
  14. Visit  MeljabRN profile page
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    Quote from elkpark
    There is a tremendous difference between what "real" music therapists can accomplish with people vs. what a well-meaning, interested musician can accomplish. I've implemented plenty of musical activities on psych units over the years with clients, but would never present myself (or imagine myself) as a music therapist.

    To me, it's like saying that because anyone can carry on a conversation and psychotherapy looks like it consists of carrying on a conversation with someone, anyone can do psychotherapy ... Sorry, but it doesn't work that way. Music therapy, IMHO, is a highly specialized academic discipline, of which facility with one or more musical instruments is just one small part.
    I agree that the idea of regulating the music therapist field is necessary but if you knew anything about the field, in depth, you would see it is actually quite corrupt. There are a few select people that control the direction of the field as a whole. New York state is the ONLY state to have governmental licensing rules regarding creative arts therapy. In fact, all people with the MT-BC credential who dont have a master's degree are going to lose the ability to call themselves Music Therapist in NY state since this is a requirement . However, now music therapists in NY have "title protection" just like nurses do and have to adhere to the standard that NY State sets forth, however, all other states there is no standard EXCEPT the AMTA which is a for profit institution. I agree that there should be a standard but I disagree that the standard that the AMTA puts forth is not honorable. I hope all states pass a law like NY did so the AMTA can get out of the picture. Another point that is interesting to me is that the CBMT exam is a written exam with fill in the bubbles, they don't actually test your ability to sing or play an instrument at any time or do they test your ability to do case management. However, the NY state licensure exam is a "narrative" form style where you basically do the equivalent of a really long nursing care plan but use the music therapy rubric instead. This is a much better way to test the skills of a music therapist in practice rather than in theory. Just like nursing students have to prove their clinical skills and critical thinking skills by doing care plans even though they arent used in most settings in the real world, music therapists should have to prove that they can actually DO this rather than just study and answer multiple choice questions correctly.

    For your own info here is the NY site that contains what I consider honorable standards for the profession: http://www.op.nysed.gov/catlic.htm


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