Music Therapy (BM)

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Music with Emphasis in Music Therapy (BM)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Music Therapy (MUTHBM)

Unit: Music

Program Information

The music therapy program is designed for students who want to provide therapeutic services to people using music. Students must be strong musicians and find satisfaction in using music to help with non-music areas and skills, rather than as a goal in itself. Students’ music skills will expand during their music therapy course work from performing on their principal instrument to also including functional piano, guitar, and voice skills, using other accompanying instruments such as the Q-chord and autoharp, and developing skill in using percussion instruments. The music therapy program requires good intellectual skills as music therapists are required to use analytical skills in determining clinical goals and writing skills in documentation.

Music therapy majors may work with any age group and with people with a variety of disabilities. As a member of a therapeutic team or private practitioner, the music therapist participates in the analysis of individual problems and the establishment of treatment goals before planning and carrying out music-related treatment. Music therapists may also do administration in various health-related settings and, with advanced degrees, may become university faculty. 

Degree Summary

Emphasis in Music Therapy (MUTHBM)

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements47
Program/Major Requirements54
Minimum Total Hours132

Emphasis in Music Therapy with track in Jazz Studies (MUTHBMJAZ)

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements47
Program/Major Requirements (including track course work)67
Minimum Total Hours145

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Students in this unit are admitted directly into their degree program.

Degree Requirements 

The Music Therapy curriculum meets the competency requirements of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Students must complete a minimum of 1200 hours of clinical training which includes at least 180 hours in pre-internship experiences and at least 900 hours in internship experiences. Students completing the Music Therapy curriculum are eligible to take the examination to become a Board Certified Music Therapist, offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

A person who already has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who wishes to become a music therapist may take the courses not already taken that are required for music therapy certification, known as “equivalency” courses since they provide the equivalent of an undergraduate degree. The music therapy equivalency program leads to eligibility to apply to become a Board Certified Music Therapist but does not lead to a degree. Specific course requirements, based on the student’s transcript and experiences, are determined in conjunction with the Director of Music Therapy.

Students must demonstrate experience and competence in the use of percussion instruments and in the use of computers and music as appropriate for music therapists.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 1,231
The following courses are required by this program and should be used to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:
African-American Music - AH, D1
Music in World Cultures - D2, SB
Interpersonal Skills - OC (suggested)

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

School of Music Program Courses
Music Theory 316
Theory I
Theory II
Theory III
Theory IV
Music Literature9
Music Literature I (1000-1750)
Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music)
Music Literature III (1860-present)
Principal Ensemble (eight 1-hour courses) 48
Major Ensembles
Applied Lessons8
(Eight 1-hour courses, four 2-hour courses, or a combination of the two)
1-hour courses:
Arts Instrument
Arts Instrument
Arts Instrument
Arts Instrument
Arts Instrument
Arts Instrument
Arts Instrument
Arts Instrument
- and/or -
2-hour courses:
Principal Applied Study
Principal Applied Study
Principal Applied Study
Principal Applied Study
Piano Class (three 1-hour courses) 5,63
Piano Class
Piano Class
Piano Class III
MUS 97Recital Attendance (six semesters of "S" required, non-credit)0
MUS 347Analysis I (MUS 349 for Jazz Track students)2
or MUS 349 Jazz Analysis
MUS 100Introduction to Music Study1
MUS 297Piano Proficiency0
Minimum Total Hours47

Program/Major Requirements

Music Therapy

Music Therapy Requirements
MUTH 101Introduction to Music Therapy1
MUTH 201
MUTH 202
Music Therapy Techniques I
Music Therapy Techniques II
6
MUTH 113
MUTH 213
MUTH 214
MUTH 313
Cinical Music Therapy Applications I
Clinical Music Therapy Applications II
Clinical Music Therapy Applications III
Clinical Music Therapy Applications IV
2
MUTH 301Psychology of Music3
MUTH 311Improvisation for Music Therapy I1
MUTH 321
MUTH 322
MUTH 421
MUTH 422
Practicum in Music Therapy I
Practicum in Music Therapy II
Practicum in Music Therapy III
Practicum in Music Therapy IV
4
MUTH 431
MUTH 432
Principles and Practices of Music Therapy I
Principles and Practices of Music Therapy II
6
MUTH 302Introduction to Research in Music Therapy3
MUTH 325
MUTH 326
Music Therapy Training Group I
Music Therapy Training Group II
2
MUTH 451Music Therapy Internship - CUE (CUE) 72
Supporting Courses 8
MUS 217
MUS 218
Class Guitar I for Music Therapy
Class Guitar II for Music Therapy
4
MUS 133
MUS 134
Functional Study
Functional Study (Functional Guitar)
2
MUS 219Class Ukulele1
MUS 227Voice Class 9,101
or MUS 123 Diction
PSYC 201Introduction to Psychology - SB3
PSYC 306Life Span Developmental Psychology (previously PSYC 363)3
PSYC 308Abnormal Psychology (previously PSYC 385)3
HSS 202Human Anatomy & Physiology3
MUED 405Introduction to Orff Schulwerk: Music and Movement Education1
EDSP 240Introduction to Exceptional Children3
Minimum Total Hours54

Upper Division Assessment

All students enrolled in a music degree program will be reviewed at the approximate midpoint of the selected program in order for students to achieve Upper Division status. Students must meet the standards of this review to register for 400-level courses in music. Both the elements and standards of the review are established by the faculty and include credit for MUS 242 Theory IV or Analysis (MUS 347 for BA General; MUS 349 for BA Jazz Studies; MUS 350 for BA Music & New Media); MUS 361; 4 semesters of Applied Instrument at the course numbers required for the degree; Piano Proficiency Examination; MUS 97 Recital Attendance, with a grade of S for 4 semesters; Ensemble participation; cumulative 2.5 GPA (good standing); minimum of 48 credit hours completed; pass ENGL 101 or ENGL 105; and 3 additional Gen Ed courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies, music composition, music education, music history, instrumental and vocal performance, pedagogy, music theory, and music therapy are required of students in order to achieve Upper Division status and to continue in the degree program.  Specific degree requirements are determined by the concentration and area faculties and are outlined in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Music Therapy Internship - CUE
Minimum Total Hours, BM with Emphasis in Music Therapy132

Music Therapy with a Track in Jazz Studies

Music Therapy Requirements
MUTH 101Introduction to Music Therapy1
MUTH 201
MUTH 202
Music Therapy Techniques I
Music Therapy Techniques II
6
MUTH 113
MUTH 213
MUTH 214
MUTH 313
Cinical Music Therapy Applications I
Clinical Music Therapy Applications II
Clinical Music Therapy Applications III
Clinical Music Therapy Applications IV
2
MUTH 301Psychology of Music3
MUTH 321
MUTH 322
MUTH 421
MUTH 422
Practicum in Music Therapy I
Practicum in Music Therapy II
Practicum in Music Therapy III
Practicum in Music Therapy IV
4
MUTH 431
MUTH 432
Principles and Practices of Music Therapy I
Principles and Practices of Music Therapy II
6
MUTH 302Introduction to Research in Music Therapy3
MUTH 325
MUTH 326
Music Therapy Training Group I
Music Therapy Training Group II
2
MUTH 451Music Therapy Internship - CUE (CUE) 72
Supporting Area; Track Courses 8
MUS 130Jazz Piano Class1
MUS 198Jazz Piano Proficiency0
MUS 138
MUS 340
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation II
4
MUS 217
MUS 218
Class Guitar I for Music Therapy
Class Guitar II for Music Therapy
4
MUS 133
MUS 134
Functional Study
Functional Study (Functional Guitar)
2
MUS 219Class Ukulele1
MUS 227Voice Class 9,101
or MUS 123 Diction
MUS 351Studies in Jazz (MUS 351-01 Jazz Style & Analysis )2
MUS 351Studies in Jazz (MUS 351-02 Jazz Theory)2
MUS 352Jazz Repertoire2
MUS 355The Evolution of Jazz3
PSYC 201Introduction to Psychology - SB3
PSYC 306Life Span Developmental Psychology (previously PSYC 363)3
PSYC 308Abnormal Psychology (previously PSYC 385)3
HSS 202Human Anatomy & Physiology3
EDSP 240Introduction to Exceptional Children3
MUED 405Introduction to Orff Schulwerk: Music and Movement Education1
Minimum Total Hours67

Upper Division Assessment

All students enrolled in a music degree program will be reviewed at the approximate midpoint of the selected program in order for students to achieve Upper Division status. Students must meet the standards of this review to register for 400-level courses in music. Both the elements and standards of the review are established by the faculty and include credit for MUS 242 Theory IV or Analysis (MUS 347 for BA General; MUS 349 for BA Jazz Studies; MUS 350 for BA Music & New Media); MUS 361; 4 semesters of Applied Instrument at the course numbers required for the degree; Piano Proficiency Examination; MUS 97 Recital Attendance, with a grade of S for 4 semesters; Ensemble participation; cumulative 2.5 GPA (good standing); minimum of 48 credit hours completed; pass ENGL 101 or ENGL 105; and 3 additional Gen Ed courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies, music composition, music education, music history, instrumental and vocal performance, pedagogy, music theory, and music therapy are required of students in order to achieve Upper Division status and to continue in the degree program. Specific degree requirements are determined by the division and area faculties and are outlined in the Music Student Handbook and the various Division handbooks. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Music Therapy Internship - CUE
Minimum Total Hours, BM with Emphasis in Music Theory with a track in Jazz Studies145

Flight Plan


Music Therapy

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
MUS 100 Introduction to Music Study 1
MUS 111 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 141 Theory I 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 131 Piano Class 1
MUTH 101 Introduction to Music Therapy 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC (COMM 115 suggested) 3
 Hours16
Spring
MUS 112 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 142 Theory II 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 132 Piano Class 1
MUTH 113 Cinical Music Therapy Applications I 0.5
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
 Hours14.5
Year 2
Fall
MUS 211 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 241 Theory III 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 231 Piano Class III (or Music Elective) 1
MUS 297 Piano Proficiency 0
MUTH 201 Music Therapy Techniques I 3
MUTH 213 Clinical Music Therapy Applications II 0.5
MUS 217 Class Guitar I for Music Therapy 2
MUS 123
Diction
or Voice Class
1
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology - SB 3
 Hours17.5
Spring
MUS 212 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 242 Theory IV 4
MUS 361 Music Literature I (1000-1750) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUTH 202 Music Therapy Techniques II 3
MUTH 214 Clinical Music Therapy Applications III 0.5
MUS 218 Class Guitar II for Music Therapy 2
 Hours15.5
Year 3
Fall
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 362 Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music) 3
MUS 347 Analysis I 2
MUTH 301 Psychology of Music 3
MUTH 313 Clinical Music Therapy Applications IV 0.5
MUTH 321 Practicum in Music Therapy I 1
MUTH 325 Music Therapy Training Group I 1
PSYC 306 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours17.5
Spring
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUTH 302 Introduction to Research in Music Therapy 3
MUTH 322 Practicum in Music Therapy II 1
MUTH 326 Music Therapy Training Group II 1
ANTH 205 Music in World Cultures - D2, SB 3
MUS 219 Class Ukulele 1
PSYC 308 Abnormal Psychology 3
MUTH 311 Improvisation for Music Therapy I 1
 Hours17
Year 4
Fall
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUTH 431 Principles and Practices of Music Therapy I 3
MUTH 421 Practicum in Music Therapy III 1
MUS 133 Functional Study (Guitar) 1
EDSP 240 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
HSS 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours16
Spring
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUTH 432 Principles and Practices of Music Therapy II 3
MUTH 422 Practicum in Music Therapy IV 1
MUED 405 Introduction to Orff Schulwerk: Music and Movement Education 1
MUS 134 Functional Study (Guitar) 1
PAS 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
 Hours16
Year 5
Fall
MUTH 451 Music Therapy Internship - CUE 2
 Hours2
 Minimum Total Hours132

Music Therapy with a track in Jazz Studies

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
MUS 100 Introduction to Music Study 1
MUS 105 Jazz Applied 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 141 Theory I 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
MUS 131 Piano Class (or Music Elective) 1
MUTH 101 Introduction to Music Therapy 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
 Hours16
Spring
MUS 106 Jazz Applied 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 142 Theory II 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
MUS 132 Piano Class (or Music Elective) 1
MUS 138 Jazz Improvisation 2
MUTH 113 Cinical Music Therapy Applications I 0.5
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology - SB 3
 Hours16.5
Year 2
Fall
MUS 205 Jazz Applied 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 241 Theory III 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
MUS 231 Piano Class III (or Music Elective) 1
MUS 297 Piano Proficiency 0
MUTH 201 Music Therapy Techniques I 3
MUTH 213 Clinical Music Therapy Applications II 0.5
MUS 217 Class Guitar I for Music Therapy 2
MUS 227 Voice Class 1
MUS 340 Jazz Improvisation II 2
 Hours16.5
Spring
MUS 206 Jazz Applied 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 242 Theory IV 4
MUS 361 Music Literature I (1000-1750) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
MUS 218 Class Guitar II for Music Therapy 2
MUTH 202 Music Therapy Techniques II 3
MUTH 214 Clinical Music Therapy Applications III 0.5
 Hours15.5
Year 3
Fall
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
MUS 362 Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music) 3
MUS 347
Analysis I
or Jazz Analysis
2
MUTH 301 Psychology of Music 3
MUTH 313 Clinical Music Therapy Applications IV 0.5
MUTH 321 Practicum in Music Therapy I 1
MUTH 325 Music Therapy Training Group I 1
MUS 351 Studies in Jazz (MUS 351-02 Jazz Theory) 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours16.5
Spring
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUTH 302 Introduction to Research in Music Therapy 3
MUTH 322 Practicum in Music Therapy II 1
MUTH 326 Music Therapy Training Group II 1
MUS 219 Class Ukulele 1
MUS 351 Studies in Jazz (MUS 351-01 Jazz Style and Analysis) 2
PSYC 308 Abnormal Psychology 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 130 Jazz Piano Class 1
MUS 198 Jazz Piano Proficiency 0
MUTH 431 Principles and Practices of Music Therapy I 3
MUTH 421 Practicum in Music Therapy III 1
MUS 352 Jazz Repertoire 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours15
Spring
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUTH 432 Principles and Practices of Music Therapy II 3
MUTH 422 Practicum in Music Therapy IV 1
MUS 133 Functional Study (Guitar) 1
HSS 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology 3
MUED 405 Introduction to Orff Schulwerk: Music and Movement Education 1
PAS 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 3
PSYC 306 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3
 Hours16
Year 5
Fall
MUS 134 Functional Study (Guitar) 1
MUS 355 The Evolution of Jazz 3
EDSP 240 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
ANTH 205 Music in World Cultures - D2, SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
 Hours16
Spring
MUTH 451 Music Therapy Internship - CUE 2
 Hours2
 Minimum Total Hours145

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