AMTA Approved Schools and Clinical Training Sites

National education and training standards for music therapists are established by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) which was formed in 1998 with the unification of two established organizations, the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971.

Schools offering music therapy degree programs must receive AMTA approval which involves monitoring the quality of those music therapy programs for adherence to established education and training standards.  These standards include achieving entry-level competencies in music, clinical and music therapy foundations; and 1200 plus hours of supervised clinical training, including a supervised internship. 

New Jersey Universities

Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ) – Music Therapy Program, established in 1970, offers both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in music therapy.

Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) – Music Therapy Program, established in 2018, offers a Bachelor degree and post Bachelor Equivalency in music therapy. 

Clinical Training Sites
Rowan University will join Montclair State University and other AMTA approved universities in the New Jersey area in overseeing the training of music therapy students in numerous clinical sites around New Jersey.
Internship Sites
AMTA National Roster
AMTA National Roster New Jersey Internship Site
University Affiliated Internship

 There are a number of University Affiliated Music Therapy Internship sites at various facilities throughout New Jersey.  These sites are established through individual arrangement between the site and the university providing an AMTA-approved music therapy program. The university program assumes oversight of the affiliated internships to ensure that training requirements and quality standards are met.