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Music therapy is the systematic use of music by trained professionals to facilitate the healing and positive personal growth of people with identified developmental, emotional, intellectual, physical, mental, social or spiritual needs.
Music Therapy is a professional discipline.  There are no comprehensive local training programmes in Singapore yet.   Introductory overview courses of the MT profession are available at NAFA and LASALLE.

More indepth and academic material may be accessed via our blog at http://singaporemusictherapy.wordpress.com/
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~Information about schools offering music therapy~

For Potential Students:
In Australia:
The Australian MT Association
has information on schools, clinical and educatiional standards and requirements
Specific programmes also have details about their focus and requirements, for examples,
University of Melbourne

In the United States: 
http://musictherapy.org/handbook/schools.html managed by the American MT Association, has a listing of academic programmes that are approved by the American Association of Music Therapy.  Academic training leads to a four-year Bachelor's degree and eligibility to complete a clinical internship.  After academic and internship requirements are completed, students may sit for the national board-certification examination. 

Students with a degree in music, another field or related discipline may apply to complete an equivalency programme that fulfils the core music therapy and other academic requirements.  The basic four-year degree is needed for further training at Master's and Ph.D levels. Further, each university may have their own specialization and have other programme criteria.


In the United Kingdom
British Association for Music Therapy
info@bamt.org
www.bamt.org
Professional music therapy qualifications are at postgraduate level in the UK. The courses listed below are those recognised by the Association of Professional Music Therapists. Each requires a high level of musicianship: students are normally accepted only if they have had a three year musical training leading to a diploma or graduateship from a college of music or a degree from a university. Very occasionally students who hold qualifications in subjects other than music, e.g. education or psychology, may be accepted if they have achieved a high standard of musical performance. Assessment of personality and suitability for the work also forms part of an interview.



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After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous Huxley (English Novelist and Critic, 1894-1963)