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Music Therapy Organizations & Resources

Below are organizations that govern best practices in the field of music therapy, provide music therapists with resources, and advocate for the unification and elevation of the field of music therapy as an allied profession in healthcare.

American Music Therapy Association LogoAmerican Music Therapy Association
AMTA’s purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession. Visit the AMTA on the web –

cmbt_large_transThe Certification Board for Music Therapists
is the only organization to certify music therapists to practice music therapy nationally. Its MT-BC program has been fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1986. There are currently 6,652 music therapists maintaining the MT-BC credential and participating in a program of recertification designed to measure or enhance competence in the profession of music therapy. The mission of the Certification Board for Music Therapists is to ensure a standard of excellence in the development, implementation, and promotion of an accredited certification program for safe and competent music therapy practice. Visit the CBMT on the web –

Community Partners

Below are organizations that BAMT is proud to have scored strategic alliances with.

zuHJ-DQeOak Hill School
A multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to education. A visitor to Oak Hill is sure to be impressed with the natural beauty of our campus: the wildlife on the hill, the trails that extend into the open space beyond our white fence, the flowers and trees that surround the red buildings. But a closer look inside the classrooms and across the school grounds reveals a school carrying out its impressive mission: to meet students where they’re at developmentally, to engage them through carefully developed relationships, and to maximize their potential across disciplines. At Oak Hill Community based learning enhances every classroom, and collaboration across disciplines happens seamlessly. Academics focus on skills that help students navigate the world: language development, reading, consumer math, safety, and following directions. Visit Oak Hill School on the web –

wellspring_logo_mdWellspring Educational Services
Wellspring Educational Services’ mission is to provide relationship-based intervention for children with Autism and other related developmental challenges whose unique needs require a warm and transdisciplinary approach in order to access their full potential. Wellspring Educational Services was founded to provide support to families who desire a developmentally integrative approach to educating their child. Their team collaborates to address the complex constellation of each child’s strengths and challenges. Wellspring believes parents and educators should be partners in nurturing the development and potential of all children, regardless of their disability. They are passionate about helping all students uncover their talents and strengths, and believe that every child can be successful at learning and building healthy relationships. visit Wellspring on the web –

PrintCommunity Music Center
The San Francisco Community Music Center’s mission is to make music accessible to people of all ages, musical levels, and financial backgrounds. Their students range in age from 1 to 90+ years old and enjoy classes in everything from Western Classical to Chinese to Latin Music. Community Music Center has branches in the Mission and Richmond districts, as well as programs throughout the city. They also serve the special needs community with music therapy and adaptive lessons. Founded in 1921, Community Music Center is one of the oldest and largest community arts organizations on the West Coast. CMC is committed to sharing their love of music and helping their students succeed. Visit CMC on the web –

cns_logo_2016Center for Neuro Skills
Since 1980, Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) has delivered postacute medical treatment, therapeutic rehabilitation and disease management services with specially-trained staff for individuals recovering from acquired brain injury (traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumours, infection, poisoning, hypoxia, substance abuse, ischemia, etc.). Their cost-effective, patient-centered programs maximize treatment effect, learning generalization and stability of gains in real-world settings. The goal: to facilitate skill acquisition and help each patient resume a normal rhythm of living. CNS offers a broad menu of rehabilitation services through its individualized treatment programs. Case managers, therapists, nurses and physicians work as an integrated team with patients and their loved ones to meet and achieve rehabilitation goals.

Other Amazing Organizations

Below are music therapy and allied professional organizations that do exceptional work and inspire us at BAMT.

Nordoff-Robins-Logo2Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
The Nordoff-Robbins approach to music therapy is based on the belief that everyone possesses a sensitivity to music that can be utilized for personal growth and development. In this form of treatment, clients take an active role in creating music together with their therapists. At Nordoff-Robbins, we make music with people, not for them. Our approach is based on techniques that allow even the most disabled clients to become active and successful participants. Through this interaction therapists support and enhance the clients’ expressive skills and their ability to relate to others.Visit Nordoff-Robbins on the web –

dmhs-logo-300x109Developmental Music Health Services
Orchestrating affective relationships and founded by Dr. John Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, Developmental Music Health Services, LLC, is a resource center for relationship-based developmental music therapy treatment, consultation and training services. Their services are designed to assist therapists, families, and caregivers in helping children, adolescents, and adults build healthy foundations for social-emotional development through musical-play. Informed by the DIR/Floortime Model, Developmental Music Health Services offers worldwide consultation and support services that include parent coaching, evaluation/assessment, consultation, clinical supervision, and continuing education. Their mission is to help children, adolescents and adults with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and other developmental challenges engage in essential social interactions and life processes by providing the highest quality of professional consultation, support services, training and unparalleled music therapy interventions. Please visit Developmental Music Health Services on the web –

ICDL-tagline-logoICDL: The Home of DIR® & DIRFloortime®
The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining and promoting each child’s development to their fullest potential. Through the genius and leadership of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, ICDL has led the interdisciplinary movement to implement a revolutionary approach to understanding and improving a child’s development. DIR® is the Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based approach that has become the foundation for understanding child development and providing support and intervention that helps children reach their fullest potential. DIRFloortime® (also known as Floortime®/TM) uses the DIR® foundation to provide an intervention for children with Autism and other mental health and developmental disabilities that has been shown through research and practice to be very effective. ICDL is proud to be the official home of DIR® and DIRFloortime®. Visit the ICDL on the web –

Welcome to BAMT!

Bay Area Music Therapy is an organization dedicated to providing you with the highest quality integrative music therapy services. Our well-trained music therapists and adjunct providers can address the emotional, physical, psychological and social needs of you, your loved ones, or your community.

We offer person-centered & individualized music therapy programs and services to support creativity, self-expression and self-empowerment. Additionally, we provide a variety of educational and experiential music related wellness services.

We serve children and adults of all ages, needs and abilities. We work with special needs, senior care facilities, community outreach programs, stress & pain managements groups, as well as team building and wellness care in the corporate arena.

Bay Area Music Therapy has studio locations in Oakland and Santa Rosa, serving clients across the Bay Area, including San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay and North Bay.


We looked for some time to find “the right music teacher” who could consistently engage our 7 year-old son who has auditory processing challenges. We are just through our 1st year and are elated with Julia Beth of BAMT. Our goal with respect to MT is twofold, to support Eli’s cognitive development, using music as a tool, and to provide him with the opportunity to learn to play an instrument in a safe and nurturing environment. As an added bonus, and perhaps most important, Eli’s weekly…
Tom & StaceyParents of 8 y/o boy, Eli