St. Petersburg, Florida and the Tampa Bay area
(727) 350-7897


Music Therapy St. Pete, LLC provides Board Certified Music Therapy for individuals or families as well as community, healthcare, and government organizations in greater St. Petersburg, across Pinellas and surrounding counties. We also offer music lessons for friends of all ages and abilities, including those with special needs. Below you can read our mission, vision, and values statements; learn about Music Therapy; and meet our President.



To advance music, health, and humanity

Through compassionate, evidence-based music therapy,

While continuing education, research, and advocacy.



To be a treasured resource of the St. Petersburg community, recognized for affecting real change with individuals and families through authentic relationships and the highest quality music therapy services;

To partner with community, healthcare, and educational organizations to improve patient experience, health, and quality of life through innovative and clinically effective treatments; and

To be a model initiative for music therapy practice and development.



Highest quality Music Therapy services;

Strong developmental, medical, mental, physical, and palliative health; and

Excellent communication and relationships.




The American Music Therapy Association, Inc. (AMTA) defines Music Therapy to be the, “Clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

“Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings” (Retrieved August 14th, 2015 from

The Music Therapist – Board Certified (MT-BC) credential is granted by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), the independent organization fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1986. Credentialed Music Therapists have graduated with at least a baccalaureate degree in Music Therapy from an approved university program, completed a full-time internship to satisfy at least 1,200 hours of clinical training, passed the national certification exam, comply with CBMT’s Code of Professional Practice, and document required continuing education credits or complete the recertification process every five years.

A great way to understand Music Therapy is to read AMTA and CBMT’s 2015 Scope of Music Therapy Practice. To learn more, you may also read this Brief History of Music Therapy and then check out AMTA’s professional requirementsStandards of Clinical PracticeCode of Ethics, and Professional Competencies.




James E. Riley, MM, MT-BC is a Master’s Level, Board Certified Music Therapist.  James has taught several years at the university level and has clinical experience such as childhood speech-language development, adolescent substance abuse rehab, pediatric and adult medical music therapy, war veteran PTSD music counseling, TBI neuromuscular rehab, end-of-life hospice care, and more.  James also serves Music Sweet Music, Inc., advocates for state licensure with the Florida Music Therapy Task Force, and program co-chairs the Southeast Regional American Music Therapy Association (SER-AMTA) conferences.