Music Therapy

Learn skills necessary to practice as a professional music therapist. These include a foundation in music theory, history, composition, arranging, keyboard, guitar, voice, improvisation, and conducting, as well as clinical skills including principles of therapy, exceptionality, and the therapeutic relationship. After course work is completed, students will engage in 1,040 hours of clinical internship at an approved site and will be evaluated on the skills and competencies listed above. This prepares students to sit for the Board Certification Examination to earn the MT-BC (Music Therapist - Board Certified) credential. Students will learn to apply critical problem-solving techniques in developing music therapy interventions for a wide variety of clients and patients.

Competencies as a music therapist involve client assessment, implementation of music therapy strategies, evaluation, documentation, termination, discharge planning, and interdisciplinary team work. Students will become familiar with the professional work environment through a series of practica in which the concepts and strategies learned in the classroom are applied to clinical music therapy work with individuals in community settings, including schools, medical centers, nursing facilities, and other agencies serving people of diverse needs. Students will be prepared to adapt to the needs of a quickly changing health care environment and mental health network, and will learn how to develop a music therapy practice, administer programs, and devise treatment programs in a team approach.

The music therapy major will learn and interpret codes of ethical practice standards in the music therapy profession while actually using them in clinical practica and internship settings.

If you're a practicing music therapist with an interest in pursuing graduate studies, please browse our Master of Arts in Music Therapy section.

Entrance Requirements

Program entrance requirements are as follows:

1. GPA over 2.7

2. Enrollment in MTH 201 Introduction to International Music Therapy with a grade of 84% on the midterm exam or Completion of MTH 201 Introduction to International Music Therapy with a final grade of at least 84%.

3. Demonstrated proficiency on principal instrument, musicality, intonation, expression, technical skill

4. Consistent ability to sing with pitch accuracy, in an established meter, with musicality

5. Ability to read and demonstrate comprehension of material from a current music therapy textbook

6. Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas clearly, through both speech and written language

7. Expressed desire to become a music therapist, motivation appropriate to profession, ability to state strengths/challenges

8. Common sense and judgment, based on responses to case studies

9. Solid interpersonal skills

10. Minimum score of 40 points out of 70 points on Interview/Audition rating

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an undergraduate degree in music therapy, students will:

  • Apply the highest standards of professionalism in their field
  • Apply the latest music therapy techniques
  • Synthesize music therapy assessment and research
  • Interact with a variety of clinical populations
  • Apply music therapy strategies in five clinical practica under supervision
  • Synthesize personal and professional skills
  • Apply the latest music therapy technology.
  • Apply contemporary music to the music therapy process
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Requirements

46 credits required for the major: MTH-201 Introduction to International Music Therapy MTH-231 Music in Special Education MTH-232 Music Therapy Practicum 1: Special Education MTH-311 Psychology of Music MTH-312 Music Therapy Practicum 2: Clinical Application MTH-351 Exceptional Children LSOC-301 Behavioral Assessment and Observation LSOC-421 Abnormal Psychology MTH-331 Research in Music Therapy MTH-332 Music Therapy Practicum 3: Research MTH-411 Music in Psychotherapy MTH-412 Music Therapy Practicum 4: Adults MTH-281 Technology for Music Therapists MTH-431 Music in Medicine MTH-432 Music Therapy Practicum 5: Clinical Application MTH-495 Music Therapy Internship (2 credits post coursework) 4 credits Approved Specified Electives MTH-P475 Senior Seminar Required Instrumental Classes (principal instrument waived) ISGT-231 - Guitar Class 1 ISGT-232 - Guitar Class 2 ISPC-231 Percussion for Music Therapy ISKB-221 - Keyboard Class 1 ISKB-222 Keyboard Class 12 ILVC-210 Elements of Vocal Technique for Non-voice Principals

Assessment Evidence

1. Students' professional behavior is assessed through clinical competency reviews, self-evaluations, IEPs, clinical site evaluations, examinations, and presentations.

2. Students are tested on music therapy theories and practices in music therapy courses.

3. Students demonstrate their knowledge and application of assessment through final projects; they demonstrate knowledge of and application of research methods in a culminating poster session.

4. Students are tested and complete projects on their knowledge of clinical populations.

5. All practica include evaluation of clinical competencies; other classes involve class demonstrations and self-evaluations.

6. A Music Therapy Forum welcomes feedback from students on the Music Therapy Department and curriculum; student evaluations of supervisors and course evaluations provide other evidence.

7. Students complete projects in Technology in Music Therapy course.

8. Students demonstrate music skills in class presentations and examinations, as well as through fieldwork, department, college, local area, and regional presentations and events.

9. Students apply to and complete clinical internships at an approved facility.