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Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. It is a well-established healthcare profession in which various music-based methods are used to address the specific needs of individuals with illness, disabilities, and special needs. The music therapist assesses the needs of the clients, develops and implements a treatment plan based on assessment findings, and evaluates the treatment process. Because music is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possible with a variety of populations. (2008 AMTA definition)


A music therapist designs music therapy sessions and interventions based upon the assessed strengths and needs of the client or patient.

Some music therapy intervention strategies may include clinical songwriting, clinical improvisation, music and imagery, and learning through music.

Music therapists work with clients and patients of all ages and abilities. Tempo therapists work in schools, hospitals, assisted living, community centers, and in our studios. Some of the clients we treat have autism, developmental delay, cognitive delays, visual impairment, hearing impairment, stress and anxiety, and memory impairments. We also treat patients in hospice and offer music therapy in end of life care.

Music therapists are certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). All Tempo! music therapists are board certified, holding the MT-BC credential. The requirements of the Board Certified Music Therapist credential are:

  • Successful completion of an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved academic and clinical training program.

  • Successful completion of a written examination demonstrating current skills in the profession of music therapy.

  • Recertification every five years through re-examination or upon the successful completion and documentation of 100 recertification credits (


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    All individual therapy services are provided by a Board Certified Music Therapist who has successfully met the criteria as set by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, Additionally, the therapist will have specialized training beyond these requirements for the specific service offered in the case of Therapeutic Listening® and adapted lessons. LEARN MORE
    Tempo! Music Therapy Services offers Music Together®, an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. LEARN MORE
    Lessons are made to fit the specific needs of each student and are offered on a variety of instruments and voice. Lessons are 30 to 60 minutes and are typically once per week. The focus is on learning an instrument and developing musical skills. LEARN MORE
    Board Certified Music Therapists are required to participate in continuing education to maintain their certification. One way to obtain these credits, called CMTE (Continuing Music Therapy Education) is by attending courses offered by an Approved Provider (AP). LEARN MORE
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    Tempo! has a holistic yoga studio that serves Nutley, NJ and the surrounding areas. We have created a welcoming and serene space within St. Paul’s UCC in Nutley to begin or deepen your existing yoga practice. LEARN MORE
    Tempo! is proud to offer school services, birthday parties, and supervision/mentorship in addition to its many other services. Call us today to find out more!
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