Research is an integral component of music therapy as an evidence-based contemporary profession and discipline. In addition to exploring and demonstrating the impact of music therapy and ensuring high standards of practice, research evidence informs funding and policy making decisions in the field.
UK music therapists have been and continue to be integral in the development of regional and international research initiatives and collaborations, as well as in the provision of education within research active environments.
As part of its aim to promote the art and science of music therapy, BAMT supports and develops further research in music therapy. In particular BAMT aims:
- to promote current research activity and participation in research to both music therapists and public;
- to provide opportunities for music therapists to develop and share research ideas and skills;
- to enable small-scale research to happen through funding and to promote opportunities for larger funding;
- to increase awareness of current and emerging research evidence through links with stakeholders on national and international levels.