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Working As A Music Therapist

  • $52,590

    Average Salary

What Does A Music Therapist Do

A Music Therapist uses music within a therapeutic environment to treat those suffering from a variety of issues. They help clients develop an increased self-awareness and report their progress to families, bosses, or relevant agencies.

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Music Therapist Demographics

Gender

Female

76.9%

Male

20.4%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

82.8%

Asian

8.2%

Hispanic or Latino

6.9%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.8%

French

14.3%

Italian

10.2%

Chinese

8.2%

Korean

6.1%

German

4.1%

Mandarin

4.1%

Portuguese

2.0%

Balinese

2.0%

Braille

2.0%

Dakota

2.0%

Javanese

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Kinyarwanda

2.0%
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Music Therapist Education

Schools

Florida State University

8.9%

New York University

8.5%

Temple University

7.6%

Shenandoah University

7.2%

Colorado State University

6.4%

Drexel University

5.9%

Radford University

5.1%

Berklee College of Music

4.7%

Molloy College

4.7%

Illinois State University

4.2%

Lesley University

4.2%

State University of New York College at New Paltz

4.2%

Ohio University -

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Immaculata University

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.4%

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

3.4%

Montclair State University

3.4%

University of Kansas

3.4%

Sam Houston State University

3.4%
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Majors

Rehabilitation Science

63.6%

Music

6.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.2%

Social Work

3.2%

Education

3.2%

Psychology

2.4%

Physical Therapy

2.0%

Special Education

2.0%

School Counseling

1.9%

Business

1.9%

Mental Health Counseling

1.5%

Counseling Psychology

1.5%

Family Therapy

1.1%

Clinical Psychology

1.1%

Theology

0.9%

Health Care Administration

0.9%

Management

0.7%

Nursing

0.7%

Educational Leadership

0.7%

Elementary Education

0.7%
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Degrees

Masters

43.0%

Bachelors

35.1%

Other

13.9%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

2.7%

Associate

1.2%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Music Therapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Music Therapist Institute for Music and Neurologic Function New York, NY Feb 29, 2016 $73,045
Music Therapist Taylor's Music Store & Studios West Chester, PA Oct 01, 2010 $73,045
Music Therapist Institute for Music and Neurologic Function New York, NY Sep 25, 2012 $73,045
Music Therapist Institute for Music and Neurologic Function New York, NY Sep 15, 2012 $73,045
Music Therapist Metro Music Therapy, Inc. CO Sep 21, 2012 $64,697
Music Therapist Institute for Music and Neurologic Function New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $62,610
Music Therapist The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Jul 01, 2010 $62,360
Music Therapist Coalinga State Hospital Coalinga, CA Sep 15, 2014 $62,000
Music Therapist Coalinga State Hospital Coalinga, CA May 17, 2011 $61,898
Music Therapist Coalinga State Hospital Coalinga, CA Oct 01, 2011 $61,898
Music Therapist Camphill Communities California Soquel, CA Oct 09, 2013 $60,000
Recreational Therapist/Music Therapist II South Shore Mental Health Center, Inc. Quincy, MA May 02, 2016 $49,920
Music Therapist Arts Educator Group, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 22, 2016 $48,110
Recreational Therapist/Music Therapist South Shore Mental Health Center Inc. Quincy, MA Mar 03, 2014 $47,840
Music Therapist Nationwide Children's Hospital, Inc. Columbus, OH Nov 05, 2012 $45,914
Music Therapist Meaningful Day Services Inc. Brownsburg, IN May 05, 2016 $45,914 -
$50,088
Music Therapist Grafton Schools Inc. Berryville, VA Apr 30, 2011 $45,359
Music Therapist Grafton Schools, Inc. Berryville, VA Oct 01, 2012 $45,359
Music Therapist The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Gibbsboro, NJ Sep 19, 2013 $38,526
Music Therapist The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Rochelle Park, NJ Sep 19, 2013 $38,526
Music Therapist Behavior Services & Therapy South Bend, IN Sep 06, 2010 $38,025
Music Therapist Behavior Services & Therapy, Inc. South Bend, IN Sep 06, 2010 $38,025
Music Therapist Mimi Sinclair Cincinnati, OH Apr 01, 2010 $37,752
Music Therapist Heartshare-Human Services of New York Richmond, NY Aug 01, 2013 $37,590
Music Therapist Heartshare Human Services of New York New York, NY Aug 16, 2010 $37,590
Music Therapist (Rehabilitation) Therapeutic Life Skills, Inc. Arlington, TX Oct 01, 2011 $37,587

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Top Skills for A Music Therapist

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Top Music Therapist Skills

  1. Art Therapist
  2. Group Therapy Sessions
  3. Music Therapy Sessions
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated on a multidisciplinary team that included a child psychologist, art therapist, occupational therapists, and early childhood teachers.
  • Designed and implemented group therapy sessions centered around using music as a coping skill.
  • Assessed, implemented, and documented 1:1 music therapy sessions for clients with varying diagnoses.
  • Assess and establish therapeutic goals for patients, providing weekly updates for Hospice team.
  • Provide contracted music therapy services, documentation for each session, communication with director, attend mandatory meetings

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