An innovative and effective healthcare profession serving Maine's communities.

About Music Therapy

Music therapy is a healthcare profession where certified therapists use music-based interventions to help with physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs.
 

Find a Therapist

Looking for a board-certified music therapist near you? Use our helpful map to find information on practices and organizations serving your area.
 

News & Events

Find out what is happening throughout Maine. Workshops, community groups, conference presentations, and the latest news.
 

State Task Force

Friends and advocates can find updates related to music therapy in Maine on the state legislative level.
 

Who Are We?

We are a collection of board-certified music therapists, each representing our own practices and organizations, who are passionate about educating Maine healthcare consumers and serving Maine's communities.

Members

Kate Beever
Kate Beever, MA, MT-BC, NMT
Maine Music & Health
Daniel Goldberg playing guitar in woods
Dan Goldberg, MS, MT-BC
Private Practice
Brian Harris headshot
Brian Harris, MA, MT-BC, NMT/F (he/him)
MedRhythms
Heather Ellsworth
Heather Ellsworth, MT-BC, NMT (she/her)
Midcoast Music Therapy
Marie Miller headshot
Marie Miller, MT-BC, NMT/F (she/her)
Rhythm & Strings Music Therapy
Gray Baldwin
Gray Baldwin, MA, MT-BC
Main Street Music Therapy
Rachel Wells
Rachel Wells, LCPC, MMT, MT-BC
Headwaters Wellness
Torrey Gimpel
Torrey Gimpel, MM, MA, MT-BC
Private Practice
Melissa Violette
Melissa Violette, MT-BC, NMT
Mount Desert Island Hospital
Patricia Mulholland
Patricia Mulholland, MA, MT-BC, NMT
Be Your Note Music Therapy Services
Carla Tanguay
Carla Tanguay, MA, MT-BC (she/her)
Modulations Therapies

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does MT-BC stand for?

Music Therapist - Board Certified.

MT-BC is the credential granted by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (an independent, non-profit corporation accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies) to identify music therapists who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to practice music therapy at the current level of the profession.

The MT-BC credential is awarded upon: successful completion of an academic and clinical training program approved by the American Music Therapy Association and successful completion of a written objective examination demonstrating current competency in the profession of music therapy.

Can I observe a music therapist or music therapy session?

Music therapists work with sensitive client populations in settings that are often not conducive to visitors or observation. Most music therapists would be happy to speak with you or meet in person to discuss services, what to expect in a session, and answer any questions.

You can learn about open groups, presentations, and workshops on our News and Events page. Use our Find a Therapist page to locate an MT-BC near you, but please understand that opportunities to observe sessions are rare.

Is music therapy reimbursed by insurance?

The number of success stories involving private insurance reimbursement for music therapy continues to grow, and it is worth asking your insurance company if coverage is provided.

Music therapy is not currently reimbursed by Medicare (except in Partial Hospitalization Programs) or Mainecare. Other potential sources for reimbursement of music therapy services include: workers’ compensation, TRICARE, private auto insurance, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B related services funding, foundations, grants, and private pay.

I'm a student interested in a career in music therapy. Where do I start?

How exciting! Music therapy is a challenging, but rewarding profession. It requires a strong academic background, excellent music skills, and desire to work closely with people.

Your first step is to learn as much as you can about the profession. Visit the American Music Therapy Association website. Explore our website and see if there are opportunities to meet a music therapist near you.

The educational requirements for a music therapist include a degree in music therapy from an accredited university program, along with the completion of an approved 1,000 hour clinical internship, followed by passage of a national certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. There are over 75 colleges and universities in the United States that offer a degree in music therapy - find one here.

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