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Mission Statement

​The mission of the Mid-­Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy, to increase access to quality music therapy services, and to provide support to its members within the Mid-­Atlantic Region.

About MAR

​The Mid­-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (MAR­AMTA) is comprised of music therapists from 7 states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as Washington DC. Founded on March 21, 1953, the MAR­AMTA has its roots in the former National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT). The Mid­-Atlantic Region was founded as the first region of the NAMT (Wheeler and Golden, 1987) with the goal of advancing the awareness of music therapy through the development of a strong professional network. Throughout our vibrant history, this goal remains at the heart of our organization. Members of the MAR have played key leadership roles in regional, national and international capacities. Today we are proud to be comprised of a dynamic group of distinguished students and professional music therapists alike, including 18 university programs and 33 national roster internship sites.

Learn more about MAR by reviewing our 2021 Current Constitution and Bylaws.

Learn more about MAR by reading about our committees and their work.

Learn more about the MAR Executive Board.

Learn about the MAR 2023-2025 Goals.

Read more about our history:

NAMT and Its Mid­-Atlantic Region: Changing Together

History of the MAR 1927-­2009

About Music Therapy

​Music therapy is the clinical and evidence­-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. (American Music Therapy Association, n.d.) Music therapy is truly a lifespan profession, and music therapists can be found providing services from the moment of birth through the very last breath. Music therapists complete comprehensive degree programs which are comprised of at least 1200 hours of clinical training. Music therapists then go on to achieve and maintain board certification through the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Board certified music therapists hold the credential “MT­BC”. While the profession of music therapy was formally organized after World War I and World War II, references to music therapy date back to 1789. To read more about the history of music therapy, click here.

Learn more about the American Music Therapy Association.


American Music Therapy Association. (n.d.). Definitions and quotes about music therapy. Retrieved from

Wheeler, B. and Golden, S. (1987). NAMT and its Mid-Atlantic Region: Changing together. Music Therapy Perspectives, 4, pp. 56-63.