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date: 23 July 2019

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This chapter provides an overview of the standards and guidelines established in the USA since the establishment of the first training course in 1919 and the first professional association in 1950. It details the standards that emerged during almost 100 years of music therapy training in America, and includes the current status of training practices in the English-speaking countries of the world. To begin this effort, the author interviewed a small group of eighteen music therapy educators in order to sample current thinking in the field. Through this process, an intricate web of philosophical approaches, scientific values, and musical abilities were revealed. This chapter presents some information about: (a) The challenges experienced in training provision; (b) Perspectives about training provision; and (c) Standards, guidelines, and competencies that have been devised by professional organizations.

Keywords: music therapy training, competencies in music therapy, the future of music therapy, music therapy education, music therapy educators

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