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Oxford University Press to Publish Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives with AMTA Beginning in 2014

21 October 2013


Oxford University Press is pleased to announce its new partnership with the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Beginning in 2014, OUP and AMTA will be working together to publish the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives.

“Music is obviously a fundamental component of human experience and exerts a powerful influence on human psychology,” Oxford University Press USA President Niko Pfund said. “The AMTA journals perfectly complement OUP’s long-standing commitment to publishing on music and psychology, and we are delighted and honored by this important partnership.”

"This new partnership with Oxford University Press is one of the top five advances for the music therapy profession in the past two decades," said Dr. Bryan Hunter, AMTA Historian. In joining with OUP, the journals will be available online – for the first time – which will massively expand access to universities and hospitals around the world.

The Journal of Music Therapy is a forum for authoritative articles of current music therapy research, theory, and practice while Music Therapy Perspectives seeks to promote the development of music therapy clinical practice through the dissemination of scholarly work. The journals were previously self-published by the AMTA, the largest membership organization for music therapists (both practicing and academic) in the world.

"The AMTA's journals are the best in their field, and we're honored to have been selected as their new publisher,” said Alison Denby, editorial director of the journals program at OUP. “This new partnership not only reflects our commitment to publishing excellent journals, but OUP's investment in the future of music therapy and music psychology." In 2011 the press published the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology, and in 2014 will publish the Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy.

About Music Therapy

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. Music therapists work with people across the lifespan in a wide range of settings including, for example, neonatal intensive care units, early intervention programs, preschools, schools (K-12), hospitals, group homes, adult day care centers, nursing homes, mental health facilities, substance abuse treatment programs, hospices, forensic and correctional facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, community-based programs and clinics, and wellness programs.

Examples of clinical music therapy include working with premature infants and their families to improve feeding behavior and increase weight gain; working with people who have neurological disorders, such as Traumatic Brain Injuries or Parkinson’s disease, using protocols to improve cognitive and motor function; working with children on the autism spectrum to improve social, communication, and daily living skills; working with those who have cancer and chronic illnesses to reduce pain and increase resilience; working with those who have mental health issues to address depression and anxiety; working with those who have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to improve short term and long term memory and to decrease agitation; and working with those who are terminally ill and their families to increase options for self-expression and provide opportunities for patients and families to come together during a difficult time.

About the American Music Therapy Association

The AMTA is a non-profit association dedicated to the advancement of the public's awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increasing access to quality music therapy services for those in need. Music therapy is a well-established, dynamic, exciting, and diverse healthcare profession dedicated to the improvement of people's health and well-being through the use of carefully structured and evidence-based interventions informed by the best available research in the published literature. Music therapy has over 60 years of clinical history in the United States, having been founded as a profession through service to veterans of World Wars I and II. AMTA’s partnership with Oxford expands and continues its tradition of excellence in scholarship.

AMTA's purpose is to support the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. The association was founded in 1950 as the National Association for Music Therapy. Predecessors, including the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971, unified in 1998 to form the American Music Therapy Association. Representing some 4,000 members, AMTA is committed to the


For more details, contact:

Jeremy Wang-Iverson
Senior Publicist, OUP USA
212-743-8305 / jwi@oup.com

Al Bumanis
AMTA, Director of Communications
301-589-3300, ext. 103; cell 240-401-1001 / Bumanis@musictherapy.org