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 Board-Certified 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 the course with a final grade of at least 84%.
  3. Demonstrated proficiency on principal instrument, musicality, intonation, expression, and 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
What the Program Gives You

Upon completion of the major in music therapy, students will:

  1. Apply the highest standards of professionalism in their field;
  2. Apply the latest music therapy techniques;
  3. Synthesize music therapy assessment and research;
  4. Interact with a variety of clinical populations;
  5. Apply music therapy strategies in five clinical practica under supervision;
  6. Synthesize personal and professional skills;
  7. Apply the latest music therapy technology; and
  8. Apply contemporary music to the music therapy process.
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Required Courses

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-281: Technology for Music Therapists
  • MTH-311: Psychology of Music
  • MTH-312: Music Therapy Practicum 2: Geriatrics
  • 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: Psychiatry
  • MTH-431: Music in Medicine
  • MTH-432: Music Therapy Practicum 5: Clinical Application
  • MTH-475: Music Therapy Senior Seminar 
  • MTH-495: Music Therapy Internship (2 credits post coursework)
  • 4 credits approved specified electives

Required Instrumental Classes (principal instrument waived)

  • ISGT-231: Guitar Class for Music Therapists 1
  • ISGT-232:  Guitar Class for Music Therapists 2
  • ISPC-231: Percussion for Music Therapy
  • ISKB-221: Keyboard Class 1 for Music Education Majors
  • ISKB-222: Keyboard Class 2 for Music Education Majors
  • ILVC-210: Elements of Vocal Technique for Non-Voice Principals