The Hats We Wear: Music Therapists Providing Direct Service, Consultation, and Education

Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC


Through their clinical training, music therapists become comfortable working directly with clients, according to professional standards of practice. The reality of the workplace, however, is that direct service is not always feasible or desirable with potential clients. At the same time, music therapists have expertise to offer beyond what happens in a music therapy session. In this presentation, learn how music therapists can add consultation and education to the work that they do. While this presentation focuses on work with older adults, concepts may apply across clinical settings.

Learner Objectives:

1. Participants will define these professional roles: direct service, consultation, and educationĀ (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV, B, 3, 4, 9, 11, 13, 17).

2. Participants will describe two positive and negative aspects to each roleĀ (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV, B, 3, 4, 9, 11, 13, 17).

3. Participants will name three potential ways to combine education or consultation with their direct serviceĀ (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV, B, 3, 4, 9, 11, 13, 17).

About Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC:

Rachelle Norman is the owner of Soundscape Music Therapy, a private practice serving older adults in Kansas City. She is also the creator of Soundscaping Source, an online education and consultation source for professionals using music in their work with older adults.