Music Therapy

Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Therapy

  • Prepare for a professional career with children, adolescents, and adults with special needs
  • Eligibity for National Board Certification Examination for Music Therapists
  • Clinical training and internship

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Completion of this program leads to board certification as a music therapist. Following the academic studies, and the required clinical training, the candidate is eligible to take the National Board Certification Examination for Music Therapists, designed and administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). The credential earned is Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC).

Students in the music therapy program complete a minimum of 1200 hours of clinical training, which has two components: pre-internship and internship. Pre-internship training consists of various practical field experiences with at least three different populations, taken by a student in conjunction with music therapy course work as pre-requisite for internship placement. Internship is the culminating, in-depth, supervised clinical training experience in an entry-level degree program in music therapy. Students may choose from the academic institution's roster of affiliated internship programs, the national roster of all AMTA-approved internship sites in collaboration with the music therapy advisor.

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A music therapy clinic/lab is housed in the Sette Laverghetta Center for Performing Arts. It includes fully accessible therapy rooms with one-way observation screens and the following equipment:

  • Keyboard/piano
  • CD player/audio equipment
  • Traditional musical instruments used in treatment
  • J&J Biofeedback interfaced with an IBM-PC
  • A comfortable recliner chair utilized for those needing stress reduction /self-regulation treatment and for student research projects utilizing biofeedback
  • A MidiCreator interfaced in an electronic keyboard to provide creative possibilities for clients with physical challenges

Completion of this degree prepares students for a career using music in a systematic sequence of interventions leading to specific changes or goals with children, adolescents, and adults requiring special services. A credentialed music therapist is employed in such places as:

  • Community health centers
  • Traditional state and private facilities serving persons with mental and physical challenges, including facilities for people with developmental disabilities
  • General hospitals
  • Allied health rehabilitation centers
  • Day care centers
  • Senior centers, nursing homes, and hospice care facilities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Schools
  • Private practices

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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