Board Certified Music Therapist Joy Schneck worked in pediatric oncology and as a Clinical Training Director until 1985 when she took the position of Director of Professional Programs for NAMT (now called AMTA). She began working as Executive Director of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) in 1993 and has provided leadership in music therapy credentialing since that time. In a recent blog post for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence online journal, Joy said that CBMT’s mission and purpose were important to her personally because, by “working clinically as a music therapist and knowing the struggles therapists faced, I recognized the need for an objective measure of competence to solidify our professional goals in the health care arena.” Her dedication to that critical aspect of board certification shaped her work for NAMT starting in 1985 and then for CBMT since 1993. Joy talks informally in this AMTA-Pro podcast about her work as a clinician and her thoughts about the early years of developing professional certification and provides numerous helpful resources in the text section of this podcast.


CBMT: Critical Service for Music Therapists

with CBMT Executive Director Joy Schneck, MT-BC

July 2019

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Joy Schneck is a Board Certified Music Therapist who was working in pediatric oncology and as a Clinical Training Director until 1985 when she took the position of Director of Professional Programs for AMTA (then called NAMT). She began working as Executive Director of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) in 1993 and has provided leadership in music therapy credentialing since that time.

In a recent blog post for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence online journal, Joy said that CBMT’s mission and purpose were important to her personally because, by “working clinically as a music therapist and knowing the struggles therapists faced, I recognized the need for an objective measure of competence to solidify our professional goals in the health care arena.” Her dedication to that critical aspect of board certification shaped her work for NAMT starting in 1985 and then for CBMT since 1993.

Joy talks informally in this AMTA-Pro podcast about her work as a clinician and her thoughts about the early years of developing professional certification. More information about Joy’s role at CBMT can be found in this ICE blog post:
https://www.credentialinginsights.org/blog/adapting-to-the-unexpected-joy-schneck-executive-director-certification-board-for-music-therapists

And Joy makes brief reference in the AMTA-Pro podcast to five resources all music therapists find critical in our professional board certification process:
(1) Website: www.cbmt.org
(2) Board Certification Domains: https://cbmt.org/upload/CBMT_Board_Certification_Domains_2015.pdf
(3) Candidate Handbook: https://cbmt.org/upload/CBMT_Handbook_2019.pdf
(4) Recertification Manual: https://cbmt.org/upload/CBMT_Recertification_Manual_2015.pdf
(5) Approved Providers and CMTE Courses: https://cbmt.org/approved-providers-and-cmte-courses/

The most important resource for anyone wanting information about any aspect of board certification for music therapists is the knowledgable and friendly CBMT staff. These top-notch professionals pictured above (L-R) are Hindi Burkett, Kimberly Sena Moore, Karen Howat, Joy Schneck, Dena Register, and Lynne Frederick.