Overview

The Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency is the ideal option for the individual who has already completed a bachelor's degree in some area of music (i.e., music performance, music education, etc.) and seeks training as a music therapist. Ultimately, this degree program is designed to prepare students for either advanced-level clinical practice, or additional opportunities in research or college teaching. Students in this specialized degree program complete one year of undergraduate prerequisite courses in music, music therapy, psychology, and biology. These courses provide the student with entry-level clinical competency. In years two and three, students complete graduate level coursework as required for the Master of Music degree in Music Therapy. The entire curriculum is built upon the clinical and research paradigm known as Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). This model utilizes scientific evidence regarding the influence of music on human brain and behavior function to treat neurological, developmental, and medical needs. The NMT approach is becoming increasingly recognized and accepted by the medical community, which helps increase employment for our graduates.

On-Campus Programs

The application priority deadline is December 1st.  
The supplemental materials deadline is January 1st.
Please click here for special deadlines related to our Arts Presenting, Media Writing, Music Business, and Music Engineering programs 
 
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Step 1 - Apply

Step 2 - Submit Supplemental Materials

All supplemental materials must be submitted either via email to fsom.graddocs@miami.edu or via US Mail to PO Box 248165, Coral Gables, FL 33124.

Required for all applicants:
  • Transcripts – an official transcript from ALL post-secondary schools attended, regardless of if a degree was granted or not, must be sent directly to the Frost School of Music from the issuing institution in order to be considered official
    • Applicants with international transcripts, please click here for specific instructions about approved evaluation services
    • An official transcript is required for every school attended, even if it was only a single class
    • Current University of Miami students applying to a new degree program must provide an official University of Miami transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation - sent through CollegeNet as part of application submission. These do not need to be sent separately
  • Resume - attached to the application at the time of submission. This does not need to be sent separately
The following supplemental materials may be required for some applicants:
  • GRE Score - Please contact your program faculty for specific GRE information
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score - Please click here for more specific TOEFL/IELTS information
  • Teaching/Conducting Sample
  • Writing Sample
  • Prescreening/Audition/Interview
  • Portfolio

Not all supplemental materials are required for all degree programs. Please see the Degree Program Requirements for specific requirements.

For information regarding specific program requirements, please see Application & Program Requirements.

Applicants are responsible for tracking the status of their application materials and should do so on CaneLink.  Please allow at least two weeks for documents to be processed and marked as complete. If you are unable to access your CaneLink account, please check the CaneLink FAQ.

Step 3 - Audition/Interview/Upload Portfolio

Audition - If your program requires an audition, you will be contacted after the December 1st deadline to schedule a date. All performance programs require a prescreening and invitations to audition will be extended to those applicants approved by faculty review. Check the Audition/Portfolio Requirements page for specific requirements. Do not make travel plans until you receive a confirmation email from Frost Admissions.

Interview - If your program requires an interview, you will be contacted by department faculty to schedule a date. 

Portfolio - If your program requires a portfolio, please upload it through SlideRoom.  Check the Audition/Portfolio Requirements page for specific requirements. 

Music, Media, & Industry Application Deadlines

If you are applying to Music Business & Entertainment Industries, Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management, JD/MM, or JD/MA programs, the following deadlines apply:

December 1 - International applicants and priority domestic applicants
April 1 - All JD/MM and JD/MA applicants 
June 1 - Final application and supplemental materials deadline for domestic applicants 

If you are applying to Music Engineering Technology or Media Writing and Production, the following deadlines apply:

December 1 - International applicants and priority domestic applicants
February 1 - Priority portfolio deadline
April 1 - Final application and portfolio deadline - all applications/supplemental materials/portfolios are due by this date

International Applicants

  • TOEFL/IELTS - Test scores are required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a degree from an accredited English-speaking institution. Additional information can be found under International Applicants.
  • Applicants must submit a copy of their passport before a decision can be made. The name on your passport must match the name with which you apply.

If accepted, you will be contacted by the Office of Admission to submit documentation of financial responsibility.

Documents Required 

Submit the following educational documents to an approved international credentialing evaluation service:

a) Official original diplomas and certificates in the original language, and

b) Official original transcripts in the original language (names of courses, grades, and hours of instruction) for every year of study. 

Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by professional, certified English translations.  Translations supplement but do not replace, the official documents.

Type of Evaluation Required

The Frost School of Music is requiring international applicants to their programs to complete a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. 

Where to Submit Documents for Evaluation

Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A), Inc. International Education Consultants, is the preferred evaluation service for international applicants to the University of Miami due to their competitive prices and high-quality service.  Click here for more information, including the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials.

World Education Services (WES) is the second preferred evaluation service for international applicants to the University of Miami.  Click here for more information, including the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials.

Please note that international applicants are not required to use the services of JS&A or WES exclusively, but the University of Miami requires that an international credential evaluation must be done by one of the approved evaluation vendors found on this list.

Evaluation Fee

Applicants are responsible for the evaluation fee.

Submission of Evaluation

The evaluation vendor is required to send all official copies of related documents to:

Frost School of Music
PO Box 248165
Coral Gables, FL 33124-7610

or electronically to: 
fsom.graddocs@miami.edu

  • Please click here for additional details
  • Applicants who are applying with a current degree in progress will be required to have their final transcripts and diploma evaluated upon arrival at the Frost School. If applicants use Josef Silny for the initial evaluation, the Frost School will cover the evaluation. If applicants choose a different vendor, they will be responsible for the cost of the re-evaluation.

Decisions

Students are recommended for admission to the Frost School of Music by the faculty and admission committees. Final acceptance to the Graduate program is made after all materials requested by the Frost School of Music have been received and evaluated. Scholarships and/or Assistantships are awarded based on faculty recommendation. Admission decisions are sent out starting in late March.  

Application Guidelines

  • Applications are accepted for the fall term only
  • Applications are accepted for only one degree program 
  • Graduate applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA for consideration
  • Applicants must be in-progress toward completing or have earned the appropriate prior music degree(s) from a regionally accredited institution in order to apply for a graduate level music program. If you are accepted and decide to attend the Frost School, you will be required to provide a final transcript showing a conferred degree.
  • The MM in Music Business & Entertainment Industries and the MA in Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management do not require prior music degrees. The MS in Music Engineering Technology is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in an appropriate engineering/science field.
  • Current University of Miami students applying to a new degree program must provide an official University of Miami transcript 
  • Materials submitted in support of an application cannot be released for other purposes nor returned to the applicant
  • For information on where to submit supplemental materials, please see our Contact Information

Curriculum Requirements

Major Area
MED 729Advanced Music Therapy Practice I3
MED 730Advanced Music Therapy Practice II3
MED 757Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 12
MED 758Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 22
MED 759Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 32
MED 710Graduate Forum in Music Therapy0
MED 802Internship in Music Therapy **3
Final Project (Thesis or Clinical Emphasis)3
Master's Thesis
Master's Project
Other Studies in Music
Approved Graduate Level Courses in Music10
Supportive Studies
MED 651Music Therapy Research Methods3
Approved Neuroscience Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Approved Research Elective (if choosing Thesis Emphasis)
Approved Clinical Elective (if choosing Clinical Emphasis)
Undergraduate Equivalency Courses46
Mus Therapy Forum
Functional Techniques in Music Therapy I
Introduction to Music Therapy
Percussion Techniques
Vocal Techniques
Functional Techniques in Music Therapy II
Music Therapy Pre-Practicum
Music Therapy Practicum 1A
Music in Rehabilitation
Music in Psychotherapy
Psychology of Music I
Music and Development
Introduction to Psychology
Psychobiology
Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors
Child and Adolescent Development
Lifespan Human Development
Abnormal Psychology
Abnormal Child Psychology
Human Biology
Exams
Comprehensive Exam
Total Credit Hours83

** All internship applications must include a written letter of recommendation from a music therapy faculty member.

Sample Plan of Study

Clinical or Thesis Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MED 244 Vocal Techniques 1
MED 249 Functional Techniques in Music Therapy II 2
MED 159 Introduction to Music Therapy 3
MED 576 Music and Development 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 220 Psychobiology 3
PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology 3
MED 10 Mus Therapy Forum 0
 Credit Hours18
Spring
MED 242 Percussion Techniques 1
MED 149 Functional Techniques in Music Therapy I 2
MED 259 Music Therapy Pre-Practicum 2
MED 359 Music Therapy Practicum 1A 2
MED 562 Psychology of Music I 3
MED 545 Music in Rehabilitation 3
MED 546 Music in Psychotherapy (unless taken as MED 646 later in sequence) 3
BIL 109 Human Biology 3
MED 10 Mus Therapy Forum 0
 Credit Hours19
Summer
PSY 292 Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors 3
PSY 345 Abnormal Child Psychology 3
PSY 230 or EPS 270 Child and Adolescent Development
or Lifespan Human Development
3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
MED 729 Advanced Music Therapy Practice I 3
MED 651 Music Therapy Research Methods 3
MED 757 Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 1 2
Graduate Studies in Music 1
MED 710 Graduate Forum in Music Therapy 0
 Credit Hours9
Spring
MED 730 Advanced Music Therapy Practice II 3
MED 758 Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 2 2
MED 805 or 810 Master's Project
or Master's Thesis
1
Graduate Studies in Music 3
MED 710 Graduate Forum in Music Therapy 0
 Credit Hours9
Year Three
Fall
MED 759 Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 3 2
Neuroscience Elective 3
Graduate Studies in Music 4
MED 805 or 810 Master's Project
or Master's Thesis
1
MED 710 Graduate Forum in Music Therapy 0
 Credit Hours10
Spring
MED 805 or 810 Master's Project
or Master's Thesis
1
Graduate Studies in Music 2
Research Elective (Thesis Emphasis) or Clinical Elective (Clinical Emphasis) 3
MED 710 Graduate Forum in Music Therapy 0
Comprehensive Exam  
 Credit Hours6
Summer
MED 802 Internship in Music Therapy 1
 Credit Hours1
Year Four
Fall
MED 802 Internship in Music Therapy 2
 Credit Hours2
 Total Credit Hours83

The first year of this program consists entirely of undergraduate prerequisite courses. Students must demonstrate successful completion of these courses, and earn with a minimum GPA of 3.0 each semester of the first year, before continuing to either equivalency-only courses or graduate level courses in the second year.

* In this program, students complete three years of courses, followed by 6 months of internship which is 6-month, full-time clinical training experience that is completed off-campus at an approved facility. The bulk of the thesis work should be completed to internship and the thesis defense may take place before or after the internship.

* This is a suggested Plan of Study.  Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.  Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

Mission

The mission of the Master of Music degree program in Music Therapy at the Frost School of Music is to prepare students to develop:

  • advanced and comprehensive musicianship
  • independent research skill
  • advanced level clinical knowledge and skill for the music therapy profession.

Goals

The Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency is designed to help students achieve the following three goals:

1. To acquire specialized musicianship as needed for advanced performance and for clinical practice.  Within the diverse and comprehensive Frost School of Music, students have the opportunity to study with faculty who perform and compose regularly in local, national and international venues.  Consequently, the musical preparation of students here is unparalleled.

2. To achieve advanced clinical competencies by examining the scientific evidence that supports the use of music in a therapeutic context.  Through this examination, students will gain an in-depth understanding of human behavior and further refine their clinical interaction skills.  Students will then translate this knowledge into therapeutic interventions which are then applied to clinical populations. Clinical work and research can be conducted at multiple hospitals and agencies in the greater Miami area, including the world-famous Miller School of Medicine.

3. To develop independent research skills. Students have the opportunity to exercise their critical thinking skills and increase their knowledge of research topics, methodology, and analysis. Students who pursue the thesis will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct an independent research project. Students who pursue the clinical emphasis will apply research findings as they develop a clinically focused project within a specific clinical setting.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate musical skills and knowledge of musical concepts for advanced clinical practice.
  • Students will demonstrate advanced clinical knowledge and skill competency.
  • Students will demonstrate independent research skill.