Articles for March 2013

Music Therapy in Hospice and Palliative Care: a Review of the Empirical Data

Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Oxford University Press
Russell E. Hilliard, PhD, LCSW, LCAT, MT-BC


Although music therapy is an established allied health profession and is used with increasing frequency in the treatment of those with a terminal illness, there is a real dearth of empirical research literature supporting the use of music therapy in end-of-life care. This article reviews the empirical studies found in the literature and documents the emergence of an evidenced-based approach to the use of music therapy in hospice and palliative care.

Music Therapy & Future Licensing Featured on Cronkite News

Music Therapy from Cronkite News on Vimeo.

Cronkite News recently covered a segment regarding the impact of music therapy as well as the upcoming licensing vote for Music Therapists in Arizona.

Featured in this segment is Robin Rio, MA, MT-BC.  Robin is a board certified Music Therapist, Associate Professor in the Music Therapy department at Arizona State University, as well as the Director of the ASU Music Therapy Clinic.


Arizona Senate Bill 1437 – Facts for Music Therapists


The joint AMTA/CBMT State Recognition Operational Plan (SROP) is a national initiative designed to achieve state recognition of the music therapy profession and the MT-BC credential required for competent practice. There are currently 35 active state task forces at various stages in the process from initial regulatory research to building relationships with state legislators to filing legislation.

Arizona State Task Force – Sunrise Legislation

As part of the AMTA/CBMT State Recognition Operational Plan (SROP), the Arizona State Task Force, working under the guidance of AMTA, is moving forward with Sunrise legislation in our state. For more information about the AMTA/CBMT SROP,

Information will be posted shorttly regarding the process in Arizona.

Stay connected with for updates and communication about this process.

Music Therapy Helping Students

Written by Rachael McBride – 5/5/2011

A kindergartener strums on a guitar while music therapist Richard Bogen holds it and plays the chords. “Look who’s knocking at the door,” Bogen sings while 6-year-old Matthew taps a set of bongo drums. “Matthew’s knocking on the door,” the class sings in return.

Sound means of healing: Music therapy can soothe the sick, both body and soul

MT Article Canada 022813By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press –  February 26, 2013

Carolyn Williams sits by five-year-old Katherine Vitorino’s hospital bed, strumming her guitar and singing a medley of songs. This Old Man gives way to Itsy Bitsy Spider, followed by The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Baby Beluga. As she sings the lyrics, Williams pauses to leave a word unsung at the end of a phrase, letting the guitar lapse into silence.