Do you accept insurance?
Music therapy is sometimes reimbursable by insurance, and it is worth asking your company and sending them our credentials and NPI number. At this time, we do not directly bill insurance. And music therapy is not covered by Mainecare, though we've been trying to change that via the task force.
What is the Maine Music Therapy Task Force?
We started the task force to educate and advocate for the field of music therapy at the state level.
Also read more on the CBMT page (www.cbmt.org) about board-certification. A key reason to advocate for state recognition of music therapy and eventually require a license is to make sure you're getting the best client care possible! Educating communities about music therapy and its benefits includes information on our scope of practice and history of this profession. This will increase access to funding sources for services and thus increase access to services for clients.
How is music therapy different from music lessons or performance?
Make sure if someone is working as a "music therapist", they really are a music therapist. And if they are, make sure they're following the standards of clinical practice as set by the AMTA. There are a lot of wonderful clinicians who use music and musicians who teach or perform in clinical settings. We fully support these programs and would love to see more music programs in special populations! Music therapy advocacy (in my view) is not about dismissing the work of others- just acknowledging the differences.
Can I observe a music therapy session?
I'm always happy to hear from students who are interested in music therapy but I get a lot of requests for observation and I am unable to accommodate them. I work with sensitive client populations in settings that are not conducive to visitors or observation.