How can you as a music therapist participate in the European Music Therapy Day on the 15th of November 2018?

  • First: think about the best way you'd like to present your work. Is it an 'open house' ? Do you want people to come in and have a look, or do you want to play together? Is it possible in your field of work field that clients contribute to the event? And in what appropiate way can you organise this?
  • Try to find colleagues or friends (musicians?) to join in and make it a special happening.
  • All activities on or near the 15th of November can be considered as 'music therapy day events' (within a week before or after the 15th).
  • All activities must be sent to your EMTC country representative before we can mention them on this website, just to be sure they're activities organised by music therapists.
  • You can find the address of your country representative on website
  • Make use of social media: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter (hashtags #musictherapyday, #MusicMovesMe and of course #musictherapy).
  • Get media exposure on (local) television and radio.
  • Connect a national celebrity or artist to this day.


Music Moves Me is our theme this year. It can be interpreted in two ways: the emotions we all feel through music, but also the movement of our body which is greatly stimulated by music. In music therapy we all use these two elements every day with our clients.

Music moves, inspires, and motivates us, and has the power to moderate and soothe our moods and feelings. In music therapy we provide a space where out clients can convey their feelings through the non-verbal language of music. We invite clients to express themselves, to explore their experiences through the use of their voices and by playing musical instruments, so that they can be heard as people and be helped in coping with problems.

We’d like to send out a warm invitation to you, to join us. As music therapists we like to show everyone the power of connecting through music and the ways in which this can help people, who for whatever reasons are 'stuck', to make steps towards greater wellbeing.

Send in a very short film, a teaser for the day!

This year we would like to invite every country to send in (at least one) or more very short films (only 20 seconds!) as an advertisement for the day. You can make anything you want, as long as you END with: Music Moves Me! Send this film to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Don't wait, you can start making this film right now. We will post the films on the website and spread them through Facebook and Twitter.

THEME SONG 'Music Moves Me' 

The theme song for the fourth European Music Therapy Day is (also) called 'Music Moves Me'.
Download the chords and lyrics
. Download the sheet music.
You can listen to this song

What can you do with this song?

  • This song can be used for all 'Music Moves Me' activities. Of course you can translate it into your own language, you can also use it as a framework for improvisations.
  • Idea: record yourself performing this song, post it to Youtube and send the link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • We are planning to make a connection with different countries on European music therapy day. If you organise an event, and at the same time there is an activity in another country, we can link them together. We will connect through skype, listen to each others music and react in a musical way to the music we hear. Due to a delay in the sound through skype it's diffficult to really play together, but in this way we can try to get as close as possible! 
  • Contact your country representative if you want to join in!