New Rules Established for Illinois Music Therapy License

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) has made substantive changes to the Illinois Music Therapy Licensing and Practice Act on November 13, 2023. Specifically, the IDFPR has drafted new Rules for the Act. The Act allows the IDFPR to establish music therapy as a licensed profession and was originally put into effect in 2022.

The Rules establish the requirements for a music therapy license. They are as follows:

  • Official transcript and proof of graduation with a bachelor’s degree or higher in music therapy from an accredited educational institution.
    • If you do not have a music therapy bachelor’s degree, proof of completing a music therapy degree equivalency program approved by the American Music Therapy Association will suffice.
  • Completion/Passage of a required examination.
  • Initial license fee of $400.

If you already have a music therapy license from another state, you may apply for an Illinois license by endorsement. Applications by endorsement require you to have a valid music therapy license in another state and for the licensure requirements in that state to be substantially equal to the requirements in Illinois. You will still have to pay the initial license fee.

If you have any questions, or need any assistance in applying for your Illinois music therapy license, we would be happy to help. Simply fill out the form on our website or call our office at 312-335-8860 to speak to one of our associates.

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