The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy is a 136 credit hour professional degree designed for students who wish to use music to help individuals of all ages improve physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning. The Music Therapy major includes study in music, music therapy, biology, psychology, social and behavioral sciences, and general studies. The goal for the program is to become a healthcare professional who can seek certification with the Certification Board for Music Therapist (CBMT). The graduates of this program will also acquire the academic credentials needed to apply for graduate study in music therapy.
NOTE: Students are confirmed in the Major in Music Therapy through a series of gateways articulated in the Music Therapy Policies and Procedures Handbook. The first gateway typically occurs at the end of the Freshman year. The culminating required course in the major– MUY 4030 Music Therapy Internship –begins following the completion of all other coursework (typically following the completion of the eighth semester) and is six months in duration. A music therapy major graduates after completing all coursework including the six-month internship.
Music Therapy majors should follow the curriculum outline (see options here ) which matches their principal applied area (i.e., voice, piano, or instrument).
General Education Core Requirements: 41 Hours
Please note that because this is a lengthy professional program the 3 hour “elective” in the B.M. General Education is waived. Please see the Music Therapy advisor for details.
Technical Requirement to be taken and credit hours counted within the General Education B.M. Bell Core for this major:
Must take path “b” in wellness:
- PED 1500 Lifetime Fitness (1) plus one activity (1) plus one NUR (1)
Music Therapy Course Requirements: 23 Hours
Music Course Requirements: 59-61 Hours
Instrumentalists other than guitar principles add:
Seminars and Recitals
- MA_ 3070, Classical Instrument Seminar (4 Semesters) 0 Hours
- MB_ 3080, Commercial Instrument Seminar (1 Semester) 0 Hours
- MA_ 3070, Classical Instrument Seminar (3 Semesters) 0 Hours
- MB_ 3080, Commercial Instrument Seminar (3 Semesters) 0 Hours
- MCY 3000 25-Minute Integrative Recital 0 Hours
- MUN ____, Instrumental Ensembles (7 Semesters) 7 Hours
Additional and Elective Courses: 11-13 Hours
Free Electives: 1-3 Hours
(Electives may be music or non-music, extra ensemble and/or principal hours do not count as electives.)
Total Required for the Program: 136 Hours