Are You A Board Certified Music Therapist?

Do you want approved CMTE credit?

Never fear…it is easier and cheaper than you think!

All  the self-study e-courses by are designed to help you raise the bar on your professional practice. Many music therapists take the e-courses independently of their need to earn CMTE credits. Since 1983, many hundreds of music therapists have completed one of our self-study courses, and many have applied for and received CMTE credits after completing their studies. Depending on the e-course, you can earn between 5 and 45  approved CMTE credits for only $6 per credit hour! Feel free to contact us with questions:

Application for CMTE credit is optional for all e-courses. There is no time limit for submitting paperwork in application for CMTE credits. You can purchase and take the course on your own schedule, and apply for CMTE credits now or at any point in the future.

Statement of relationship to CBMT. All the professional self-study e-courses from are approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for a specified number of Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits., CBMT Approved Provider #S-001, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Procedure for earning CMTE credit. The first step in earning CMTE credits approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) is to take the e-course. In the self-study e-course format, you complete each chapter at your own pace, listening the audio discussion, making notes on a chapter outline, then completing written assignments. In order to receive CMTE credit, simply follow the CMTE instructions detailed below. You can take the e-course now and apply for credits now or later. If you wait until your next recertification cycle to submit your assignments for CMTE credit, you will need to listen to the audio and complete the assignments again, confirming the work to earn CMTE credit is done during the current 5-year recertification cycle.

In order to earn CMTE credits approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists, follow the instructions below to submit (1) the required written CMTE assignments, (2) the CMTE Course Evaluation Form required by CBMT, and (3) your CMTE fee. You must keep a copy of your packet on file.

1. Submitting CMTE assignments

Step 1. Complete the assignments required for CMTE credit as instructed in each course.
Step 2. Submit the required assignments via email with a Cc to yourself to these two addresses: and
Step 3. The subject line of your email will read “CMTE + your last name + the name of your course + current year.” So, for example, if I were submitting required assignments in order to receive credits for the Assessments Toolbox, the subject line on my email would read, “CMTE + Knoll + Assessments + 2016.”
Step 4. Copy and paste your assignments directly into the body of the email or attach a document to the email.  If your assignments are long, you may spread them across any number of email messages, adding a phrase to the message and to the subject line of your email, e.g. “CMTE + Knoll + Assessments + 2016 + assignment #1 of 3.”

2. Submitting CMTE Course Evaluation Form required by CBMT

Step 1. Send an email to <> requesting the current CMTE Course Evaluation form, a form required by CBMT (Certification Board for Music Therapists.)
Step 2. You must click “reply all” before answering the questions directly in the body of the email on the CMTE Course Evaluation Form. Then click “send.” By clicking “reply all,” you will receive a copy as well as and If you do not have access to email, please feel free to contact Cathy Knoll as instructed below, requesting a printed copy of the evaluation. Please note: CBMT requires this paperwork, so you will not receive CMTE credit until you return the required CMTE Course Evaluation Form. The completed form and all required written assignments must arrive by 11:59 p.m. in your time zone on the last day of your CBMT recertification deadline.

3. Paying Required CMTE Fee

Since 1982, we have been committed to providing top-quality opportunities for our professional colleagues to enhance their professional skills and to earn inexpensive CMTE credits, so the cost for earning CMTE credits from, CBMT Approved Provider #S-001, is just $6.00 per credit hour.

In order to earn CMTE credit, applicants are required to submit written assignments, to submit the CMTE Evaluation Form required by CBMT, and to pay the CMTE fee. When you are ready to submit your paperwork and CMTE fee, just click on the CMTE Payment tab of the website for easy-to-follow instructions. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to your friendly and supportive music therapy colleague <>

4. Reporting Approved CMTE Credits to CBMT

Once you have submitted your course assignments, your required CMTE Course Evaluation Form, and your CMTE fee, you have completed all requirements for earning the  CMTE credits for that e-course. These are approved CMTE credits, so you can submit the CMTE credit hours to CBMT immediately. It is not necessary to wait for the official CMTE Certificate of Credit from before submitting the CMTE credits.

Note:  Your CMTE credits are awarded in the same month as the e-mail time stamp of the complete CMTE packet – your course assignments, the CMTE Course Evaluation Form required by CBMT, and your payment of CMTE fees. Your Certificate of CMTE Credit from may not arrive for up to 4 weeks following submission of your packet, but your CMTE credits are awarded during the same month as the e-mail time stamp. So, for example, if you send your complete packet via e-mail June 15, you can list the CMTE credits for that course on your CMTE reporting form for CBMT as being awarded on June 15. Likewise, you must send all three components of your CMTE packet by December 31 for the credits to be awarded in December. Holidays that fall on the last day of the month do not delay the required deadline. CBMT does not allow Approved Providers any flexibility on CMTE deadlines. Credits are awarded based on the e-mail time stamps of your complete packet, i.e. CMTE assignments, required CMTE Course Evaluation Form, and payment of CMTE fee.

Prerequisites or limitations on participation. There are no prerequisites or limitations on participation in the professional self-study e-courses from Since all course work is completed in the participant’s everyday living environment, the e-course is accessible to participants with disabilities. If you require special assistance in order to use any e-course, please contact We assist participants in accessing the e-course as appropriate.

Evaluation procedures. Your attainment of the learning objectives for the e-courses from is documented in the written assignments and the evaluation form you submit to when applying for CMTE credit. Your work is graded on a pass or fail basis. Though rarely necessary, participants are given one remediation opportunity to correct inadequate or failing work. You will receive a Certificate of CMTE Credit via e-mail from

Instructors. The instructors are skilled professionals with years of hands-on experience facing the same challenges you encounter on the job. We are Board Certified music therapists with cumulative clinical experience of over sixty years. Instructor resume’s are available by sending a request to <>. Below are overviews of the intructors’ professional experience and qualifications.

Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC, lives and works in Stephenville, TX where she has contracted direct and consultative music therapy services to public school education programs, group homes, and individuals since 1978. Because of the rural setting, her practice focuses on music therapy for groups and individuals with diverse disabilities, particularly people challenged with autism, developmental disabilities, behavior disorders, physical impairments, and learning disabilities. She has also worked with a program for older adults with developmental disabilities who are integrated into a more typical residential care center for older people. Many of these clients are challenged with Alzheimer’s and other dementias as well as with developmental disabilities. Now that her children are grown and have embarked on their own careers far from home, Cathy is serving a growing number of clients in her home-based music therapy studio. She also coordinates a ministry at her church for people of all ages who are typically isolated from a faith community because of significant social and behavior issues. Cathy and her son, Dwight, have launched a daily podcast / website that addresses issues encountered daily by family members, teachers, therapists, medical professionals, and individuals with autism. Click for details. In 2009, Cathy and Dwight launched AMTA.Pro, an on-line symposium for music therapy professionals, and have recently begun producing on-line e-courses for AMTA. Click on for details.

Dellinda Henry, MEd, MT-BC, has provided direct and consultative music therapy services to individuals with sensory impairments, reading and language disabilities, or difficult behaviors in their own homes, the public schools, or state agencies since 1982. Dellinda specializes in nonverbal communication methods and positive interaction strategies aimed at effective behavior management. She has three decades of experience as a music therapist and parent of foster children with moderate to severe challenges.

Mission of Music Works Publications. Our mission is to create content-rich, self-study learning opportunities that (1) raise the bar on the level of practice of professionals in music therapy and related fields, and (2) provide the option of earning inexpensive, approved CMTE credits. To that end, we provide professional, easy to access e-courses that broaden and extend clinical and professional knowledge, skills and expertise so that the therapists and other professionals will be equipped to maximize the potential and enhance the quality of life of those with whom they work.

Cancellation and refund policies. You may review the e-course materials with no obligation for 14 days. If you choose, you may request your course be canceled for a full refund.

Confidentiality: All information received from the e-course participants will be treated as confidential information. Music Works Publications will protect the legal, professional, and personal rights of all participants. Records, assignments, and written materials will be secured according to the CBMT guidelines. Participants may change the names of individuals or mark through names of clients, agencies, or other entities to ensure confidentiality.

Grievance Policy and Procedures. Participants in the e-courses from have the right to file a grievance. Participants must provide written documentation of the complaint, outline the problem as you perceive it, and state the preferred solution. Send the grievance letter via email to and with a Cc to yourself. Once the grievance letter is received, Cathy Knoll and Dellinda Henry will review the information, and then respond in writing within 14 days of receipt of the grievance letter. If you disagree with the resolution of the grievance, you have the right to appeal the decision. State the reasons for your appeal in a letter and send it to the email addresses listed above.  Music Works Publications will review the appeal and respond in writing within 14 days of receipt of the appeal letter. If the grievance is still not resolved satisfactorily, you have the right to ask CBMT’s Continuing Education Committee to address the unresolved grievance.

Other CMTE Information. Click on a specific e-course to receive information unique to each course, including learning objectives as related to the CBMT 2015 Board Certification Domains, e-course content, learning activities, materials, and number of CMTE credits and fee.

If you have any questions about CMTE credit for any of the professional e-courses, please feel free to contact us by sending an e-mail message to with your specific questions. If you do not have email access, please leave a message for Cathy at 254-592-4454 – speaking your name and phone number slowly and clearly to accommodate Cathy’s hearing loss. We are happy to answer your questions.

More information about Board Certification is available at