Frequently Asked Questions

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MTA*) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains.

*Music Therapist Accredited/Musicothérapeute accrédité

Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT), June 2016

Who can benefit from Music Therapy?

  • Music Therapy is an effective intervention for persons with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, Autism, Alzheimer's/dementia, stroke, brain injury, neurologic disorders, communication disorders, substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, and mental health. 
  • The universal appeal of music enables people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities to participate in Music Therapy.

How can I find a Music Therapist?

What are the fees for music therapy?

  • The salary range for music therapists varies greatly province to province and city to city. Music therapists’ salaries vary based on location, setting, population, experience, training, full time or part time employment or private practice, as well as other factors. As access to professional music therapy services for Canadians increases, it is expected the disparity in salary range will equalize.  Based on the wide variance, CAMT does not currently track the salaries of MTAs. On average, hourly contract fees charged by music therapists range from $35/hour to more than $115/hour.  Average salary ranges are set at the provincial level. (CAMT, 2017)
  • You may also refer to the MTAO Fee Schedule

How do I become a Music Therapist? 

Where Can I Study Music Therapy in Ontario?

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