Certification has become increasingly important in this profession. The Certification Board for Music Therapists offers the Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC).
At_the_completion of academic and clinical training, students are eligible to take the national examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), an independent, non-profit certifying agency fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
After successful completion of the CBMT examination, graduates are issued the credential necessary for professional practice, Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC). To demonstrate continued competence and to maintain this credential, music therapists are required to complete 100 hours of continuing music therapy education, or to retake and pass the CBMT examination within every 5-year recertification cycle.
Employment of all special education teachers, including music therapist positions, is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, special education and related services job openings will result from educational reform, legislation, growing public interest in individuals with special needs, and the continued growth in the number of students needing services.
Music therapists with advanced degrees can move into supervisory positions in school systems, do research, or teach at the college level. Private practice is also an option for music therapists