Leadership & Staff

CBMT Board of Directors

We are an autonomous certifying agency managed by our Board of Directors – a group of board-certified music therapists who strongly believe all patients deserve safe, high-quality, evidence-based music therapy. With experts leading the way and a mission driven by the importance of competence in clinical practice, the MT-BC credential symbolizes your dedication to excellence. As your partner and advocate in music therapy, our mission is to promote excellence by awarding board certification based on proven, updated knowledge and competency in clinical practice.

By design, only one member of our Board does not hold the MT-BC credential: our public member. To ensure we are governed by diverse and far-reaching perspectives, the public member position is reserved for someone who is a consumer of MT-BC skills (e.g., possibly an employer or parent) but is not a practicing music therapist. Their input is valued for the perspective they provide in representing and protecting the consumer and the public interest.

Together, our esteemed Board members establish all policies regarding certification and recertification of music therapists under the credential MT-BC, in accordance with NCCA accreditation standards.


As the field of music therapy evolves to face new challenges and opportunities, CBMT is proud to oversee several committees dedicated to shaping the future of the MT-BC certification program. Our committees help develop, administer and continuously update our certification exam and recertification program.

Exam Committee

The Exam Committee develops the CBMT Certification Exam, including new test items in relation to the CBMT Board Certification Domains and in conjunction with our testing partner, PSI Services. Based on a content outline developed from the national Practice Analysis Study, exam committee members and other practitioners write test questions to assess the knowledge and skills required to perform tasks that are significant to music therapy practice.

Continuing Education Committee

This committee is responsible for administering and monitoring continuing education requirements for MT-BCs. Their role includes support for CBMT Approved Providers, recognition for participation in continuing education activities, and quality assurance through audits of continuing education records of MT-BCs.

Practice Analysis Committee

This committee convenes every five years to conduct a survey of practicing music therapists and to identify the tasks necessary for the practice of music therapy. This committee, with the help of our testing partner and a team of content experts in the field, uses results of the survey to generate the new Board Certification Domains for use in the construction of the CBMT Examination. This process assures that, in a growing field such as music therapy, the job description to ensure safe, competent provision of services is current and has been refined through a psychometrically sound procedure. The 2019 Practice Analysis was most recently completed.

Public Information & Outreach

This committee executes and creates all information related to marketing and public relations, as determined by the CBMT Board of Directors.

Disciplinary Review Committee & Disciplinary Hearing Committee

This committee is responsible for considering and assessing alleged violations of any CBMT disciplinary standards set forth in the CBMT Code of Professional Practice, or any other CBMT standard policy or procedure.

Are you interested in serving on our committees? We encourage all MT-BC certificants to consider applying for volunteer committee service.

CBMT Staff

Our core team at CBMT is here to guide you through the process of earning and maintaining your MT-BC credential. We also support you in your careers as board-certified music therapists.

Our Partners

Collaborating for shared goals

Ensuring high standards of excellence everywhere.

We partner with several organizations to strengthen our combined commitment to you and those you serve.

Advocacy in Music Therapy

State advocacy efforts & regulatory affairs

Achieving state recognition for the music therapy profession.

We are proactively addressing the changing climate of the profession and role of state regulation on the field.

About CBMT

Supporting excellence in music therapy

Rigorous competency testing supports our vision and yours.

Our mission and vision align with yours: ensuring access to safe, effective music therapy services.