Where do music therapists work?

The #MusicTherapyBlogger Challenge | Presented by Serenade DesignsThe first installment of the #MusicTherapyBlogger Challenge is to answer a question. I’ve answered many questions on this site, including

It was hard for me to come up with another question to answer. Someone said to me last week, “I didn’t realize music therapists worked in hospitals.” So here’s the answer to “Where do music therapists work?”

I, personally, have worked in hospitals, including rehab, pediatric, psychiatric, Veteran’s Affairs, and geriatric hospitals. I’ve worked on NICU, PICU, ICU, Cardiac Units, Cancer Units, Infection Control Units, Gastro-intestinal Units, Medical/Surgical Units, and Burn Units in hospitals. I’ve worked in Long Term Care settings, including Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Assisted Living, Independent Living, and Memory Care facilities. I’ve worked in hospice, school districts, private schools, universities, specialized schools, vocational centers, day cares, out-patient clinics (rehab and psychiatric), wellness centers, domestic violence shelters, refugee camps, and in patient’s homes.

Other music therapists work in Labor & Delivery, prisons, eating disorder clinics, trauma centers, and substance abuse.

Since music therapy can address psychosocial, physical, psychological, vocational, emotional, cognitive, communication, and wellness goals, music therapists work in all kinds of settings, with all kinds of diagnoses or populations, and all across the life span.