Music Therapy

Overview

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • Promote wellness
  • Manage stress
  • Alleviate pain
  • Express feelings
  • Enhance memory
  • Improve communication
  • Promote physical rehabilitation

– American Music Therapy Association

Prerequisites

Undergraduate requirements (varies by program):

Most programs require a Bachelor of Arts in music. Some require courses in psychology and/or human anatomy and physiology. Be sure to check the admission requirements for the specific programs you will be applying to!

Experience:

Many programs require practical work or volunteer experience with individuals who have mental, physical, and emotional problems.

Entrance exam:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Graduate programs are two years.

Several colleges and universities offer a master’s degree in music therapy. It usually requires 30 semester hours or credits beyond the graduate equivalency program. The curriculum consists of advanced courses in music therapy, music, and supportive areas. A thesis or final project and a comprehensive examination are also required. Typically, a master’s degree takes two years to complete.

A few universities offer doctoral degrees in music therapy. Typically, these are housed in the music or music education department.

Resources

Professional organization:

Student organization: