Procedural FAQs

What if I can not do my Fellowship training due to a death in my family, or for financial reasons?

The NMT should contact the Academy as soon as he/she knows that he/she will be unable to fulfill the training obligations so that an alternative plan can be put in place that maintains a positive relationship with the Academy.

Is the NMT another music therapy credential?

NMT is an advanced level training certificate provided to music therapists who hold either the MT-BC credential or a credential/certification from another country. The NMT is not a credential and should not be referred to as such.

How do I represent my training on my vitae?

The NMT Training and the NMT Fellowship should be identified on your vitae as continuing education.

How do I represent my certification on conference programs etc.?

In order to help others recognize the level of expertise you hold for speaking on a given topic, the NMT should utilize either the short or long form of representation i.e. NMT, NMT Fellow, Neurologic Music Therapist or Neurologic Music Therapist, Fellow.

Why can’t I just continue to represent myself as an NMT without taking additional trainings as I have been practicing for years and doing many of the techniques?

Because NMT is an evidence-based practice, the NMT is obligated to continuing education related to the specific NMT techniques. Over the years, the techniques have changed, or new techniques added, based on new research and clinical practice updates that occur during Fellowship Training. The ongoing education of the clinician and educator are paramount for protecting the integrity of the NMT model.

Is NMT a protected practice model and are the NMT techniques trademarked?

The Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy is a 501 (c) 3 organization committed to disseminate, advance, and protect the practice of NMT worldwide. To this end, the Academy has registered trademarks for the following:

R.F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)
Transformational Design Model (TDM)
Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS)
Patterned Sensory Enhancement (PSE)
Therapeutic Instrumental Music Performance (TIMP)
Rhythmic Speech Cuing (RSC)
Vocal Intonation Therapy (VIT)
Oral Motor and Respiratory Exercises (OMREX)
Developmental Speech and Language Training Through Music (DSLM)
Musical Sensory Orientation Training (MSOT)
Musical Attentional Control Training (MACT)
Musical Neglect Training (MNT)
Musical Executive Function Training (MEFT)
Musical Speech Stimulation (MUSTIM)
Therapeutic Singing (TS)
Symbolic Communication Training through Music (SYCOM)
Associative Mood and Memory Training (AMMT)
Auditory Perception Training (APT)
Musical Echoic Memory (MEM)
Music in Psychosocial Training and Counseling (MPC)


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