This course examines the role of research in the practice of music therapy. Students learn the fundamentals of research in the behavioral sciences including types of research, and the role of music therapy research in clinical practice and program development.
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 is designed to teach students about contemporary developments in community music therapy. This includes the acknowledgement of the value of human connectedness in music making, the scope and practice of community music therapy, musiking as a concept and how music therapy fits into the broader sociopolitical context and systems that the client interacts with within an ecology that is connected and interdependent.
This capstone course is an overview of workplace and community advocacy, reimbursement, and program development for the beginning music therapist. Special emphases is placed on ethics in the workplace including ethical relationships with colleagues, employers, the community, and professional associations. Students are expected to complete a program proposal to initiate a new music therapy program.
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.