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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 15, 2015 11:48 AM
From: Representative Eddie Day Pashinski
To: All House members
Subject: Establishing a State Board of Professional Music Therapy Licensure


In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would create a State Board of Professional Music Therapy Licensure.

The profession formally began after World War I and World War II when musicians would go to Veterans hospitals around the country and play for the many veterans suffering both physical and emotional trauma.

Music therapy is a recognized and validated medical therapy that uses music as the stimulus to achieve specific therapeutic objectives. It is estimated that music therapists currently serve approximately 41,000 Pennsylvania residents each year. Music therapists serve clients with a variety of clinical needs, including persons with Alzheimer's Disease, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, cerebrovascular accidents (Strokes), dementia, depression, Down's Syndrome, hearing impairment, Parkinson's Disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, terminal illness, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment.

The legislation is similar to current licensing statutes, and will offer a comprehensive system to issue licenses, develop regulations, and administer the provisions of the Act.

As a music teacher and performer for more than 38 years, I have personally seen the affects music has on individuals no matter their circumstances. Please join me in supporting this legislation to protect the citizens of Pennsylvania and to increase access to quality music therapy services.

Introduced as HB1438