There are many different ways to use music to help others. Certain settings and specific ways of helping may require training and certification. The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Scope of practice states “Music therapists recognize that in order for clients to benefit from an integrated, holistic treatment approach, there will be some overlap in services provided by multiple professions. We acknowledge that other professionals may use music, as appropriate, as long as they are working within their scope.” (AMTA 2015)
Often each helping modality occupies a unique and necessary niche. If you are curious about bedside music and music therapy work together or may be different from each other, there is a handy comparison sheet created in conjunction with AMTA and the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians.