How to become a music therapist
You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship.
You'll need to do an approved postgraduate course in music therapy and then register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
To get on a postgraduate course in music therapy, you'll usually need a degree in music.
However, you might be accepted if you have an education or psychology degree and you have a high level of music skill.
To apply for a postgraduate course, you'll need 1 or 2 years of paid or voluntary work experience in a health, education or social care setting.
You'll usually need:
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You could do an Arts Therapists Level 7 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
You'll find it useful to have volunteering experience in health, education or social care.
You can also find volunteering opportunities through the The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Do IT.
- you'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
You could do an introductory course in music therapy to get an idea of what this work involves.
The British Association for Music Therapy offers short courses. You might also be able to find courses at some music colleges and universities.
Your salary as a music therapist will vary. if you do not work for the NHS. The British Association for Music Therapy can give you advice on recommended rates of pay.
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.