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College Catalog 2017-2018 
College Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Therapy (B.M.)

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Student Learning Outcomes for Music Therapy:

Students will be able to:

  • Perform proficiently with the creative and performance skills appropriate to the student’s principal instrument.

  • Identify and synthesize key components of Western tonal music theory and music history.

  • Demonstrate mastery of aural skills including sight-reading and dictation (melodic and harmonic).

  • Implement music and non-music methods and techniques that effectively assist clients in modifying responses identified in their assessment, treatment, session, and termination plans.

  • Communicate client progress through grammatically correct, detailed written and oral reports to colleagues, supervisors, and parents/caretakers.

  • Perform proficient vocal, guitar, and keyboard skills to effectively lead and accompany clients during music therapy sessions.

  • Demonstrate professional skills and physical and emotional stability necessary for working as a music therapist.

  • Read, critique, and apply research to their music therapy work.

For Music Therapy majors, MU 211  and MU 212  together will satisfy the Western Cultural Heritage Area of Understanding for Core.

An approximately six-month long internship in an approved clinical facility is required for the Music Therapy degree and is taken after the completion of the four-year Music Therapy program. Upon completion of this degree program, students are eligible to sit for the Music Therapy Certification Board Exam leading to Board Certification as a Music Therapist. The Music Therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Music Therapy requires:

Additional Requirements for Music Therapy

A Music Therapy major may not enroll in a music or music therapy course required for that major unless a grade of C- or better has been earned in all prerequisite courses. To graduate, a Music Therapy major must maintain the following standards:

A Music Therapy major must earn a grade of C- or better in all music and music therapy courses.

A Music Therapy major must satisfy the standards and requirements in all fieldwork education, including clinical practicums and the internship.

Suggested first year courses:


MU 150 and MU 100 are required each semester.

Proficiency in piano, voice, and guitar is required. If piano or organ is the primary instrument, the student must take MU 269 or MU 270, and MU 111 for the fall semester. All other music therapy students must take MU 117.

Five credits in ensemble are required. Students need to be enrolled for one credit in the fall semester.

Students interested in Concert Choir must audition.

A minimum grade of C- is required in all courses required for the major.

Students in music therapy can take their Creative Expression core requirement as Applied lessons or Ensembles.

All first year students need to be enrolled in MU 100B in the fall semester.

MU 211 and MU 212 count for Western Cultural Heritage core. The combination of two biology offerings – BIO101 or 111 and BIO 201 – will satisfy the Natural and Physical Science core.

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