Frequently Asked Questions

How can I join the MTABC?

There are several ways to join the MTABC and you do not need to be a music therapist to be a part of our community! Check out our membership section for more information. Click here.

Can you send me information about music therapy and a particular disability or condition?

There are several detailed literature reviews and articles on music therapy and specific disabilities and conditions. Check out the “How does music therapy work” section of our website. Can you link to this? University libraries are also good sources of information, and Capilano University Library in particular has many good books on music therapy.

I am interested in training and/or volunteering with a music therapist – who do I contact?

E-mail info@mtabc.com if you would like to observe a music therapist at work. Let us know any pertinent details such as your geographic location, the population you’d like to observe and any specific days of the week you are available. We will connect you with someone.

Where can I study music therapy?

Capilano University is presently the only educational institution providing music therapy training in BC. There other training courses in Canada and more information can be found on our links page. Click here.

How much can a music therapy session cost?

Individual music therapist’s set their own fees, which may be influenced by the training, experience and knowledge acquired by the therapist, as well as services required. Some music therapists are employed under a union negotiated contract within the paramedical professional agreement, and in such case the wage grid and salary will be set by the collective agreement under which they work, with the Health Sciences Association or the BC Government Employees union.

The following is the MTABC guidelines for music therapy services: Click here.

What are the career opportunities for music therapists in Canada?

Career opportunities vary in each province in Canada and depend upon what kind of clients you work with. There are provincial associations in every province. If you want to speak to local music therapists in your area about the local job climate in BC, email info@mtabc.com . You could also contact the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT) about interviewing or observing a music therapist in your area. The pay scale will vary according to each province.

What are the career opportunities for music therapists outside of Canada?

In the U.S. there are numerous jobs depending again on the State you would live in. You will also find a wider range of possible jobs because they simply have so many more people living there that specialty treatments centers exist. Check out the American Music Therapy Association website.

Music therapy training and clinical work occurs in over ninety countries in the world. Please check out the World Federation of Music Therapy at www.musictherapyworld.net or www.wfmt.info for further information.

How do music therapists start their career?

Often, a person in BC would become a member of MTABC, since the association posts jobs to our members and is often the first place an employer contacts. Music therapists have to be good at professional self-promotion – skills such as resume writing, interviewing, establishing contacts to create work at a facility or school, and giving in-services, presenting at conferences, etc. are all good ways to begin a private practice. The majority of music therapists work at multiple places. MTABC offers continuing education workshops aimed at new graduates and also supplies members with resources and documents that can support a new graduate creating work.

Do most positions require a masters degree in music therapy?

Teaching positions typically require a masters degree, however many employers will look favourably on a candidate with a masters degree. Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario and Concordia University in Quebec are the only programs in Canada currently offering masters degree training in music therapy. There are graduate level trainings in the U.S. and many other countries.

Are there ways to cover the cost of music therapy sessions?

Music therapy is not usually covered by health care and extended health care plans. There are some exceptions, such as Worksafe BC, ICBC and funding for autism.

MTABC is part of the Task Group for Counsellor Regulation in BC. This group is lobbying the BC government for music therapists and other counselors and therapists to be regulated under the Health Professions Act. Once this is approved, it is anticipated that music therapy services will be approved under private insurance plans.

Funding for children with autism

The Ministry of Children and Family Development will give block funding to parents/guardians which can cover music therapy for children ages six to nineteen years. Music therapy is called an Autism Related Intervention. The family can choose to have the money placed in their account and then pay the therapist directly, or, have the therapist contact the Ministry and send them invoices. At this time, this service ends when the child reaches the age of nineteen years. For further questions, people can contact the Autism Funds Processing Unit at 1-877-777-3530.

Funding for Head Injury

Some individuals with a head injury can apply for funding through ICBC if they can show pre-morbidity musical involvement.

Other possible sources of funding

Some special needs children may apply for funding through adoption services, and Variety Club and CKNW have been known to fund music therapy, as well. Clients and families usually complete these applications.

How do I cite an article I found on the MTABC website?

If you would like to cite the MTABC website as your source, the style you use will dictate the exact format. For example, if you use APA style guidelines, an article on the MTABC site without an author is considered published by the MTABC.

The following is a template (where author is Music Therapy Association of British Columbia):

Author, A. A., (Year of publication). Title of document. Retrieved month day, year, from http://Web address