Pre-Approved vs. Self-Directed CMTE Credits

got youThe Metro Music Therapy Academy exists to help music therapists earn affordable, relevant, live & in-person continuing education credits. We also want to make earning your CMTE credits as easy as possible.

One way we are doing this is by creating this document just for music therapists that outlines the difference between PRE-APPROVED CMTE courses and SELF-DIRECTED CMTE courses. Download the document here: CMTE Credits – The MMT Academy

And guess what? The Metro Music Therapy Academy promises that if we offer a non pre-approved event, we will make it as SIMPLE as possible for you to claim the CMTE credits for attending.

The Metro Music Therapy Academy was created BY Music Therapists FOR Music Therapists. Don’t fret, we’ve got you!


2016-12-03T04:33:12+00:00September 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Music Therapy: Cost Savings

Can music therapy help your program save money?

cost savings

In short, YES. Music Therapy is a very cost-effective healthcare treatment. While more studies need to be done, here are our top four favorite studies that show how cost-effective music therapy is as a treatment:

  1. Walworth, D.D. (2005). Procedural-support music therapy in the healthcare setting: a cost effectiveness analysis. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 20(4), 276-84.
    1. MT had a 100% success rate of eliminating the need for sedation for pediatric patients receiving EEG; 80.7% success rate for pediatric CT scan without sedation; 94.1% success rate for all of the procedures
    2. The cost analysis resulted in the total per patient receiving music therapy being$13.21 and $87.45 for patients without music therapy = net savings of $74.24 (85%)
    3. The project resulted in saving 184 RN-hours for other duties
  2. Romo, R. & Gifford, L. (2007). A Cost-benefit analysis of music therapy in a home hospice. Nursing Economics, 25(6), 353-358.
    1. The total cost per patient in music therapy was $10,659 with $13,643 for a standard care patient, resulting in a cost savings of $2,984. The music therapy program cost $3,615, yielding a cost benefit ratio of 0.83. When using the cost per patient day, the cost benefit is 0.95
    2. 79% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the MT program increased their job satisfaction while 80% reported that knowing their company provided MT to its patients made their commitment to working with the company stronger
  3. Standley, J.& Walworth, D.D. (2005). Cost/Benefit Analysis of the Total Program, in J. Standley (Ed.), Medical Music Therapy, 33-40. AMTA.
    1. For the total expenditure in $57,600, the Florida State University affiliated music therapy/Arts in Medicine protocol in the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital reveal a total outlay for two partners of $17,247, or 70.1% of total savings
  4. Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, University of Georgia Hospital at Athens, University of North Carolina Medical Center, and Florida Hospital Orlando conducted a 5-year study (2001-2006) using the of PAL™ I (prototype) in their NICU Music Therapy Programs. Results yielded a 5-day reduction in the length of stay for NICU infants, which translates into a cost savings of $10,000 ($2,000 day)
2016-12-03T04:33:12+00:00July 12th, 2015|Music Therapy, Uncategorized|



Sam, Mallory, and Sarah traveled to Columbia, South Carolina in March to attend and present at the annual conference of the Southeast Region of the American Music Therapy Association (SER-AMTA).

Sam taught a 3 hour CMTE course on Gear and Technology and how to integrate the “here and now” into your music therapy practice.

sam teaching

Sarah and Mallory presented during a concurrent session on the topic of Music Therapy within the Mental Health and Substance Abuse populations. We had a packed house and loved being able to lead an interactive session!


Thanks Columbia! See you again soon!

s, s, m



2016-12-03T04:33:12+00:00May 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|
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