The Southwestern region
of 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.

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.

Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.


the purpose of SWAMTA is to advance music therapy and to increase access to quality music therapy services

the goals of SWAMTA are:
to provide professional development opportunities for music therapists; to participate in the operation of the AMTA through representation on committees and the Assembly of Delegates; to further an awareness and acceptance of music therapy as a viable health profession through job development, public relations activities, and local and state legislative action; and to promote communication among members through Regional publications. 

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