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Music Therapist

Class Specifications – H.80
Music Therapist – (9451)

March, 1979

Series Concept

Same as class concepts.

Class Concepts

Under general supervision, Music Therapists plan and implement music therapy programs for patients in a University medical facility; and perform other related duties as assigned.

Incumbents plan, organize, and conduct a varied program of individual and/or small group musical activities, such as singing, marching, dancing, and instrument playing, which focus on the development of appropriate patient self-help activities, social group behavior, and physical coordination; evaluate patient needs and abilities in order to assign patients to appropriate programs; participate in multidisciplinary treatment planning meetings to report patient progress and coordinate the music therapy program with other disciplines, participate in staff meetings to discuss treatment programs and over all implementation; and order and maintain musical instruments, sheet music and equipment within an allotted budget.

Incumbents may instruct and supervise music therapy students; participate in the training of resident physicians, medical students and student nurses; select, train and supervise volunteers; supervise assistants; develop internship programs; and participate in the planning and implementation of research studies.

This class is distinguished from other Therapist classes by the application of the specialized concepts, principles and practices of music therapy to promote the rehabilitation of persons with emotional, physical and/or developmental disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Eligibility for registration by the National Association for Music Therapy; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.