Music Therapy

Exceptional Children

MTH-351

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: None
Department: MTHE

This course will provide students with a sensitization and awareness in dealing with a mixed school population. Mainstreaming requires an expanded responsibility and familiarization toward students with educational exceptionalities.

Music in Psychotherapy

MTH-411

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: MTH-331 and MTH-332
Department: MTHE

This course will engage students in a group therapy experience in which they will apply music to the psychotherapeutic process. Students will learn a variety of approaches to psychotherapy and develop an individual philosophy of music therapy as it applies to adult psychotherapy.

Music Therapy Practicum 4: Psychiatry

MTH-412

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: MTH-331, MTH-332, and concurrent enrollment in MTH-411
Department: MTHE

This course is the concurrent clinical music therapy practicum that accompanies MTH-411. Students are assigned to a facility or agency in the community and apply the skills they are learning in the classroom to this clinical placement.

Practicum 4 Field Work

MTH-413

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MTH-412
Department: MTHE

Students are assigned to a facility or agency in the community where clients are dealing with issues of mental and emotional health. Clients may be seen in either large or small groups and may be consistent or change form week to week. This practicum is designed as an exploration of clinical music techniques, including: clinical improvisation, song structure, song leading, clinical theory applied musically, and clinical listening. The main focus is the development of clinical musicianship.

Music Therapy and Medicine

MTH-431

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: MTH-331 and MTH-332
Department: MTHE

This course will examine how music and other creative arts contribute to the therapeutic process. Students will participate in a creative arts group and demonstrate a variety of nonverbal therapeutic techniques.

Music Therapy Practicum 5: Medicine

MTH-432

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: MTH-331, MTH-332, and concurrent enrollment in MTH-431
Department: MTHE

This course is the concurrent clinical music therapy practicum that accompanies MTH-431. Students are assigned to a facility or agency in the community and apply the skills they are learning in the classroom to this clinical placement.

Practicum 5 Field Work

MTH-433

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MTH-432
Department: MTHE

In this final practicum placement, students are assigned to a medical facility or agency in the community and generally work either bedside or in small groups. This practicum is designed as an exploration of clinical music techniques, including: clinical improvisation, song structure, song leading, clinical theory applied musically and clinical listening. The main purpose of this medical practicum is the development of clinical relationships. The course material and expectations focus on the students' ability to play and provide music in a reliable and flexible manner in support of clinical relationships with clients and their music.

Music Therapy Senior Seminar

MTH-475

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: Written approval of course chair
Department: MTHE

This course is designed as a senior seminar and will provide an overview of major clinical and professional issues within the music therapy and medicine field. Topics will include cultural comptetency, ethical, administrative, historical, research, and financial aspects of music therapy. Specific issues related to music therapy private practice will be explored, including legislation and government relations, reimbursement, standards of practice, and ethical dilemmas. Students will design, develop, and implement their own music therapy programs to carry out in clinical settings. In additions, the course will help integrate training from other music therapy courses and prepare students for their clinical internships.

Music Therapy Internship

MTH-495

6 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: MTH-432 and written approval of course chair
Department: MTHE

This course involves 1,040 hours of full-time music therapy experience at a clinical internship site approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Enrollment is permitted after the completion of all course work and after the student applies and is accepted to a site. Successful completion of the internship is required before receiving the degree or sitting for the Music Therapy Board Certification Examination. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning an internship.

Assistive Music Technology for the Visually Impaired

MTH-P111

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: None
Prerequisites: Placement
Department: MTHE

This course teaches assistive music technologies that allow musicians with visual impairment to effectively communicate with other sighted musicians. The course explores Braille music and the basic elements and concepts of music through reading, listening, writing, and playing assignments. The course also explores notation and digital audio production through a number of projects. The projects include creating a lead sheet, a chart for the rhythm section and a lead line with Sibelius, and producing a musical arrangement and a podcast using Sonar.

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