The jobs of a music teacher and music therapist are quite different. A music therapist is not someone who has to teach music, but rather uses the power of music to help people with a variety of issues. Music therapists have gone through extensive training and have taken classes which allow them to understand how to use music to help patients cope with various situations. This can include helping people deal with grief, stress or even pain management.
Music teachers don’t need any additional training beyond having an education degree or certification program for teaching. There’s no specific training for teaching in the school system or other institutions that would allow a person to be certified as a teacher in general. However, there are some requirements for teaching certain subjects including math and science that require specialized training beyond the basic education degree needed to teach other subjects such as history or English literature.
In addition, there are different types of music therapy programs available depending on where you live and what type of patient you want to work with. If you’re interested in working with children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), then there are programs specifically designed for helping children learn how to communicate through music which can help increase their social skills among other things like motor skills development which improves hand-eye coordination.
Last modified: August 7, 2022