The Center for Music Therapy at Berklee is dedicated to providing innovative music therapy services targeting identified health disparities in the Greater Boston community. Our goal is to be a global leader of evidence-based music therapy telehealth and medical experiences designed to impact the overall physical, social, and emotional health of children, adolescents, and adults in our collective communities. This includes bringing music-based experiences to communities in ways that foster expression, support healing, strengthen connections, enhance capacity, and improve overall quality of life.
The center is part of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee and serves as a training site for students. Students and interns designing and delivering services through the center are directly supervised by a board-certified music therapist/clinical training director.
The center's vision is as follows:
- To serve as global leaders in education, training, and advocacy through the establishment of music therapy and music therapy–informed research and program development
- To serve as leaders in contemporary music therapy practice, including innovative delivery methods to address health and healing in local, national, and international communities
- To serve as collaborators and consultants to health care, educational, government, and music industry professionals on the power of music for community connection, social change, and improved quality of life
- To develop partnerships with leading health care and community organizations to connect classrooms and form research collaborations
The center's goals are as follows:
- To provide individual and group music therapy services, targeting health disparities, within the greater community
- To provide rich, social justice–informed clinical training experiences for future music therapists in a variety of community-based settings
- To serve as an information dissemination center for the general public, health care community, and music industry on the impact of music experiences on health-related outcomes
- To serve as a catalyst for music therapy and music therapy–informed program development in communities worldwide
- To provide lectures, symposia, workshops, and continuing education programing for community stakeholders, including health care professionals, educational leaders, and community leaders to leverage the use of music experiences for community health