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.
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.
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.
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.
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. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with MTH-432 and MTH-475.
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.
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. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with MTH-431 and MTH-432.
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.
Carl Sagan wrote: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” This course on research opens a road to discovery. This course is designed to help students grow their scientific thinking and writing skills towards becoming a researcher. This course enables students to develop expertise that supports original, scholarly inquiry. Additionally, scientifically sound research is an integral part of good professional practice. Research and practice go hand in hand as evidence-based practice relies on what is discovered through research. With adept knowledge of varied methods and approaches, students support and justify their research by gathering, storing, organizing, evaluating, generating, and disseminating research literature. They develop new strategies for unearthing literature, from traditional library searches to online explorations, consistently using technologies that facilitate the acquisition and expression of new knowledge. They learn to connect research and practice within the field of music therapy. Students scrutinize a myriad of studies, survey the research history and evaluate current investigations. With careful review and analysis, they develop competency, sharpen their critical thinking skills, and deepen their grasp of clinical applications of music therapy research. They advance the field by designing ethically and scientifically sound inquiries. By the end of this course, students will have written a research proposal for a new study. This proposal could serve as an initial outline for the culminating experience project, which will be further developed in MTH-690, and completed in MTH-695. Those opting for the research track will continue their research through MTH-550 and MTH-551.
This course explores neuropsychology and neuroscience as it relates to the clinical practice of music therapy. Students learn about the ways human function (e.g. language, memory, movement) is affected by pathologies (e.g. aphasia, dementia, apraxia), as they come to understand how irregularities inform us about regular brain function. Students explore the way functions of the brain engage in various musical elements (rhythm, melody, preferred music). Students also review published case studies as they evaluate both the historical and modern research findings in neuroscience and music. In addition, students distinguish the brains of musicians from non-musicians, analyze how the arts impact neural development, and explore how music perception and production research can be applied to clinical practice.