Program Directors’ Perceptions of the CBMT Exam


  • Anthony Meadows, PhD, MT-BC
  • Lillian Eyre, PhD, MT-BC Temple University



Forty-one academic program directors completed a survey eliciting their perceptions of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) board certification exam. Survey questions concerned the meaningfulness and utility of the exam in evaluating safe and competent practice; reasons students might fail the exam; exam preparation methods; and open-ended questions that allowed participants to express specific concerns about the exam, if they had any. On average, program directors perceived the exam to be “neither effective nor ineffective” in evaluating clinical competence, with open-ended responses suggesting the majority of these faculty had a range of concerns about the exam. After categorizing and defining these concerns, reflective comments serve to stimulate discussion about the meaningfulness and utility of the exam, as it is currently constructed.

Author Biographies

Anthony Meadows, PhD, MT-BC

Anthony Meadows, PhD, MT-BC, LPC, FAMI is an Associate Professor and Director of Music Therapy at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, USA

Lillian Eyre, PhD, MT-BC, Temple University

Lillian Eyre, PhD, MT-BC, LPC, FAMI, is an Associate Professor (NTT) in the music therapy program at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

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How to Cite

Meadows, A., & Eyre, L. (2020). Program Directors’ Perceptions of the CBMT Exam. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 20(3), 21.