Introduction

The music therapy program provides students with the opportunity to develop comprehensive musicianship as well as clinical knowledge and skills within a rich musical, scholarly and communicative environment. Music therapy majors must demonstrate musical proficiency, either vocally or instrumentally, and must acquire musical competency on guitar, piano, voice and percussion.

Graduates of this program are prepared for careers as professional music therapists in a variety of health care and educational settings. Furthermore, graduates are eligible to take the Board Certification Exam in music therapy, leading to the credential, Music Therapist Board Certified (MT-BC). The music therapy curriculum is approved by the American Music Therapy Association, and is based on the clinical and research paradigm known as Neurologic Music Therapy.

To remain in the Music Therapy program, students must earn a minimum 2.5 GPA each semester. Additionally, music therapy core courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. All internship applications must include a written letter of recommendation from a music therapy faculty member.

Educational Objectives

The music therapy program is designed to address three primary objectives:

  • Comprehensive musicianship:  through intensive music study and performance experiences, students will articulate knowledge of music structure and style, produce aesthetically pleasing musical performances, and modify music for specific contexts.
  • Knowledge of human behavior:  by studying both theory and scientific evidence, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the systems of the human body, the intricacies of human behavior, as well as developmental norms and deviations in each domain of functioning.
  • Knowledge of Music Therapy:  students will engage in rigorous exploration of the theories and scientific evidence that support the use of music in a therapeutic context. Following the neurologic music therapy approach, all techniques learned in this program are based on scientific evidence regarding music perception and behavior. Furthermore, students have ample opportunity to establish and refine their therapeutic skills through five semesters of clinical practica in addition to a six-month, full-time clinical internship. Internship applications must include a written letter of recommendation from music therapy faculty member.

The Music Therapy Equivalency Program

The equivalency program is designed for the individual who has already completed a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, including the following courses:

Music Theory I, II, III and IV; Music History I and II; Conducting, Arranging, Applied Lessons (6 semesters), Performing Ensembles (8 semesters), Piano Competency (4 semesters of either lessons or group piano) and Introduction to Psychology.

Beyond these courses, the program consists of 50 credit hours that can be completed in two years, followed by a six-month clinical internship. All internship applications must include a written letter of recommendation from a music therapy faculty member. Please contact the Music Therapy Program Director for a listing of the 50 credit hours.

If any of the prerequisite courses have not yet been completed, they can be taken at the University of Miami. Taking these additional courses, however, may lengthen the amount of time required to complete the equivalency program. In certain situations, alternate courses from other universities can substitute for the required courses. Depending on the nature of the course, this decision will be made by the undergraduate dean, in consultation with the Music Therapy Program Director.

In order to determine exactly how many credits are required to complete the equivalency program, the student should obtain official transcripts for their previous degree and meet with the music therapy program director. Following completion of the course and internship, students are then eligible to sit for the music therapy board certification exam and can become professional members of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). For students wishing to pursue graduate studies in music therapy, the equivalency program can be combined with the master’s degree in music therapy.

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses MTY
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 101Algebra for College Students3
ST_XXXXSTEM Cognate (should include PSY 220 and BIL 109)9
People & Society Cognate satisfied with Psychology Minor0
UMX 100The University Of Miami Experience0
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills (3 courses) see details below
Total General Education credits = 18
Experiential Music Curriculum Core Courses MTY 1
MED 10Mus Therapy Forum (8 semesters or each semester in residence)0
MXX XX1 (Level 1)Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class (semesters 1-4, 2 credit hours)8
MXX XX3 (Level 3)Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class (semesters 5-6, 2 credit hours)4
MTC 140Experiential Musicianship I3
or MSJ 140 Experiential Musicianship I
or MMI 140 Experiential Musicianship I
MTC 141Experiential Musicianship II3
or MSJ 141 Experiential Musicianship II
or MMI 141 Experiential Musicianship II
MTC 240Experiential Musicianship III3
or MSJ 240 Experiential Musicianship III
or MMI 240 Experiential Musicianship III
MTC 241Experiential Musicianship IV3
or MSJ 241 Experiential Musicianship IV
or MMI 241 Experiential Musicianship IV
MTC 107Skills Lab I (co-requisite MTC 140/MSJ 140/MMI 140)1
or MSJ 107 Skills Lab I
or MMI 107 Skills Lab I
MTC 108Skills Lab II (co-requisite MTC 141/MSJ 141/MMI 141)1
or MSJ 108 Skills Lab II
or MMI 108 Skills Lab II
MTC 207Skills Lab III (co-requisite MTC 240 /MSJ 240/MMI 240)1
or MSJ 207 Skills Lab III
or MMI 207 Skills Lab III: American Song Traditions
MTC 208Skills Lab IV (co-requisite MTC 241/MSJ 241/MMI 241)1
or MSJ 208 Skills Lab IV
or MMI 208 Skills Lab IV: American Song Traditions
MKP 140Keyboard Studies I1
MKP 141Keyboard Studies II1
MCY 140Experiencing Music3
MCY 141Musical Traditions (AWC)3
MMI 250Essential Technologies For Musicians3
MMI 310Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians3
MIP/MSJ/MMI XXXEnsembles (semesters 1-6, 1 credit hour)6
Total credits for EMC Core courses = 48
Courses in the MTY Major 1
MIP/MSJ/MMI XXXEnsembles (semesters 7-8, 1 credit hour)2
MED 159Introduction to Music Therapy2
MED 149Functional Techniques in Music Therapy I2
MED 249Functional Techniques in Music Therapy II2
MED 259Music Therapy Pre-Practicum2
MED 359Music Therapy Practicum 1A1
MED 360Music therapy Practicum 1B1
MED 361Music Therapy Practicum 2A1
MED 362Music Therapy Practicum 2B1
MED 363Music Therapy Practicum 3A (AWC)1
MED 242Percussion Techniques1
MED 244Vocal Techniques1-2
or MVP 250 Lyric Diction For Singers --English And Italian
MED 545Music in Rehabilitation3
MED 546Music in Psychotherapy3
MED 551Music Therapy Research Methods (AWC)3
MED 559Internship in Music Therapy (requires recc. letter from MTY faculty)3
MED 562Psychology of Music I3
MED 576Music and Development3
MTC XXXArranging/Orchestration Elective3
DAN 290Introduction To Dance-Movement Therapy2
MIP 181Instrumental Conducting I2
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology (minor)3
PSY 230Child And Adolescent Development (minor)3
PSY 240Abnormal Psychology (minor)3
PSY 292Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics For Non-Majors (minor)3
PSY 345Abnormal Child Psychology (minor)3
MED 560Music Therapy Internship II 20
Total credits for courses in the major = 57
Total Credit Hours123-124
1

EMC  and MED courses require a grade of “C” or higher.  Lessons require a grade of "B-" or higher.

2

 Students enrolling in MED 560 Music Therapy Internship II  are considered full-time. Health insurance is mandatory but can be waived depending on visa status. International students must apply for CPT (Curricula Practical Training). This course confers full-time status for undergraduate students and fulfills a degree requirement for the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree program.

Advanced Writing and Communication Skills

Courses

All students are required to successfully complete 3 Advanced Writing and Communication Skills (AWC) courses. Student degree requirements will include courses that meet the desired communication outcomes in evaluated and revised writing, speaking, stage presence, and audience engagement.

All Music Therapy students will successfully complete:

  1. MCY 141 Musical Trends and Traditions, which will include substantial evaluated and revised writing components.
  2. MED 363 Senior Practicum, which will include evaluated communication skills in attracting an audience, engaging an audience during performance, and preparing program notes or similar media as appropriate to the medium/venue.
  3. MED 551 Music Therapy Research Methods, which will include discipline specific communication skills.

Assessment

There will be at least 2 specific assessments in each Advanced Communications Skills course for communications or writing equivalent to 4000 words, evaluated and revised.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MED 10 Mus Therapy Forum 0
Principal Instrument Lesson/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MCY 140 Experiencing Music 3
MTC 140, MSJ 140,
Experiential Musicianship I
or Experiential Musicianship I
or Experiential Musicianship I
3
MTC 107, MSJ 107,
Skills Lab I
or Skills Lab I
or Skills Lab I
1
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I 1
MED 159 Introduction to Music Therapy 2
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
UMX Freshman Experience 0
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MED 10 Mus Therapy Forum 0
Principal Instrument Lesson/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MKP 141 Keyboard Studies II 1
MTC 141, MSJ 141,
Experiential Musicianship II
or Experiential Musicianship II
or Experiential Musicianship II
3
MTC 108, MSJ 108,
Skills Lab II
or Skills Lab II
or Skills Lab II
1
MED 149 Functional Techniques in Music Therapy I 2
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Two
Fall
MED 10 Mus Therapy Forum 0
Principal Instrument Lesson/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 240, MSJ 240,
Experiential Musicianship III
or Experiential Musicianship III
or Experiential Musicianship III
3
MTC 207, MSJ 207,
Skills Lab III
or Skills Lab III
or Skills Lab III: American Song Traditions
1
MED 242 Percussion Techniques 1
MED 244 or MVP 250 Vocal Techniques
or Lyric Diction For Singers --English And Italian
1-2
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
DAN 290 Introduction To Dance-Movement Therapy 2
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours14-15
Spring
MED 10 Mus Therapy Forum 0
Principal Instrument Lesson/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MCY 141 Musical Traditions 3
MTC 241, MSJ 241,
Experiential Musicianship IV
or Experiential Musicianship IV
or Experiential Musicianship IV
3
MTC 208, MSJ 208,
Skills Lab IV
or Skills Lab IV
or Skills Lab IV: American Song Traditions
1
MED 259 Music Therapy Pre-Practicum 2
MED 359 Music Therapy Practicum 1A 1
PSY 230 Child And Adolescent Development 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
MED 10 Mus Therapy Forum 0
Principal Instrument Lesson/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MIP 181 Instrumental Conducting I 2
MED 249 Functional Techniques in Music Therapy II 2
MED 360 Music therapy Practicum 1B 1
MED 576 Music and Development 3
STEM Cognate 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours14
Spring
MED 10 Mus Therapy Forum 0
Principal Instrument Lesson/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 250 Essential Technologies For Musicians 3
MED 361 Music Therapy Practicum 2A 1
MED 545 Music in Rehabilitation 3
PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology 3
STEM Cognate 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Four
Fall
MED 10 Mus Therapy Forum 0
MED 362 Music Therapy Practicum 2B 1
MED 551 Music Therapy Research Methods 3
MTC Arranging/Orchestration Elective 3
PSY 292 Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics For Non-Majors 3
STEM Cognate 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours14
Spring
MED 10 Mus Therapy Forum 0
MED 363 Music Therapy Practicum 3A 1
MED 546 Music in Psychotherapy 3
MED 559 Internship in Music Therapy 3
MED 562 Psychology of Music I 3
MMI 310 Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
PSY 345 Abnormal Child Psychology 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Five
Fall
MED 560 Music Therapy Internship II 1 0
 Credit Hours0
 Total Credit Hours123-124
1

Students enrolling in MED 560 Music Therapy Internship II are considered full-time. Health insurance is mandatory but can be waived depending on visa status. International students must apply for CPT (Curricula Practical Training). This course confers full-time status for undergraduate students and fulfills a degree requirement for the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree program.

MTY with Minor in Psychology - ACCELERATED PLAN

1

 Students enrolling in MED 560 Music Therapy Internship II are considered full-time. Health insurance is mandatory but can be waived depending on visa status. International students must apply for CPT (Curricula Practical Training). This course confers full-time status for undergraduate students and fulfills a degree requirement for the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree program.