Recreation Therapist Music

Grade 14

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Recreation Therapist

    Grade 14

  2. Recreation Therapist Music

    Grade 14

  3. Recreation Therapist Dance

    Grade 14

  4. Recreation Therapist Art

    Grade 14

  5. Senr Recreation Therapist

    Grade 17

  6. Senr Recreation Therapist Music

    Grade 17

  7. Head Recreation Therapist

    Grade 20

  8. Chief Recreation Therapist

    Grade 23

Summary of Job Description

As a Recreation Therapist, you would plan and conduct activities for adult, children, and adolescent client/patient groups, working individually or as a member of a treatment team or treatment program. You would analyze and report behavioral patterns to a team leader or other supervisor, verbally or in medical records. As a treatment team member, you would participate in team meetings, recreation/leisure assessment, and evaluation. In addition, you may be required to requisition, store, and maintain equipment and supplies. If you work in the creative art therapies, you would, depending upon the specialty, provide programs in art, dance or music to achieve a therapeutic aim. The goal of each program is to bring about positive change in a client's/patient's mental, physical, and/or social behavior.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

On or before the date of the examination, candidates must meet the following requirements:

Either 1. a bachelor's degree with a concentration or major in Music Therapy;

Or 2. a bachelor's degree in Creative Arts Therapy** with a concentration in music;

Or 3. a bachelor's degree in Music or Music Education AND one year of experience in planning and administering a music therapy program;***

Or 4. certification by the American Music Therapy Association as a Music Therapist.

Or 5. current licensure by NYS as a Creative Arts Therapist. For information about licensure, visit or call (518) 474-3817.

** Note the concentration of your degree in Creative Arts Therapy on your application.

*** This experience must involve development and coordination of recreational activities for geriatric patients/residents, individuals with developmental disabilities, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, individuals who are physically challenged, or individuals in treatment for chemical dependency. This experience must utilize the creative therapies of art, dance or music as a psychotherapeutic means of achieving in these individuals emotional growth and increased levels of functioning.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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