History of Music Therapy In America

History Of Music Therapy In America

Medical Dissertation

1804 - 1805

Edwin Atlee writes a medical dissertation in a local American newspaper on the connection of music and medicine.

Medical Dissertation II

1806 - 1807

Samuel Matthews writes a second medical dissertation for a local American newspaper on the connection of music and medicine.

WWI

1914 - 1918

During WWI, soldiers who were badly wounded were taken to hospitals. When their health was not improving, doctors started looking for an additional or alternative method.

WWII

1939 - 1945

In WWII, similar to WWI, soldiers that were badly wounded or "shellshocked" would be put in hospitals. Without improvement, doctors decided to bring in musicians to serenade the patients, which started the trend of using music and medicine for healing in hospitals.

National Foundation for Music Therapy

1941 - 1942

Harriet Ayer Seymour starts the National Foundation for Music Therapy (NFMT).

University Program Initiative

1944 - 1945

The very first Music Therapy program at a school was started at Michigan State University in 1944. This led to many other programs which spread the use of medicine and music working hand-in-hand.

National Association for Music Therapy

1950 - 1951

The National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT) was formed in 1950. It was a professional organization that was formed by music therapists that worked with veterans, mentally ill, and hearing/visually impaired.

American Association for Music Therapy

1971 - 1972

The American Association for Music Therapy (AAMT) was formed in 1971.

World Federation of Music Therapy

1985 - 1986

The World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) was formed in 1985. It was used to promote Music Therapy all around the globe.

American Music Therapy Association

1998 - 1999

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) was formed by the conjoining of NAMT and another Music Therapy organization.