How to become a music therapist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
You'll need to do a postgraduate course in music therapy accredited by the British Association for Music Therapy.
You should have a degree in music, although a degree in education or psychology may be accepted if you've got a high standard of musical ability.
You'll also need 1 or 2 years of paid or voluntary work experience to apply for a postgraduate course. Examples of work include:
- mental health
- special needs
- social services
You'll usually need:
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You may be able to do an arts therapist degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need a qualification and experience in art, drama or music to apply.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- a degree in a relevant subject for a degree apprenticeship
You'll need paid or voluntary experience of working in the community, in youth work, or with people with disabilities or mental health issues.
- you'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
You could try an introductory course in music therapy to get an idea of what this work involves. Some universities and music colleges offer these courses, as well as the British Association for Music Therapy.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the British Association for Music Therapy, for professional recognition, career development and to make contact with other therapists.