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. This degree program provides students with the opportunity to develop advanced-level clinical practice and/or research experience. 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 address neurological, developmental, and medical needs. The NMT approach is recognized and accepted by the medical community, thus supporting career opportunities for our graduates.

Admission Requirements

All applicants to the Frost School must submit the following items:

·       An online application

·       Application fee

·       Resume

·       Three letters of recommendation

·       Official transcripts from every post-secondary school attended

This graduate degree program also requires submission of certain supplemental materials, including:

·       Prescreen/Performance

·       Writing sample

·       TOEFL/IELTS score, as applicable

For more detailed information, please visit our Graduate Admission website.

Curriculum Requirements

MASTER OF MUSIC COURSES (40 Credit Hours at the Graduate Level)
Major Area
MTY 646Music in Psychotherapy3
MTY 729Advanced Music Therapy Practice I3
MTY 730Advanced Music Therapy Practice II3
MTY 757Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 12
MTY 758Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 22
MTY 759Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 32
MTY 710Graduate Forum in Music Therapy0
MTY 802Internship in Music Therapy3
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
MTY 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)
MTY 10Music Therapy Forum0
MTY 149Functional Techniques in Music Therapy I2
MTY 159Introduction to Music Therapy3
MED 242Percussion Techniques1
MED 244Vocal Techniques1
MTY 249Functional Techniques in Music Therapy II2
MTY 259Music Therapy Pre-Practicum2
MTY 359Music Therapy Practicum 1A2
MTY 545Music in Rehabilitation3
MTY 562Psychology of Music3
MTY 576Music and Development3
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 220Introduction to Psychobiology3
PSY 292Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics Section B3
PSY 230Child and Adolescent Development3
or EPS 270 Lifespan Human Development
PSY 240Psychopathology3
PSY 345Child Psychopathology3
BIL 109Human Biology3
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
MTY 249 Functional Techniques in Music Therapy II 2
MTY 259 Music Therapy Pre-Practicum 2
MTY 159 Introduction to Music Therapy 3
MTY 576 Music and Development 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 240 Psychopathology 3
MTY 10 Music Therapy Forum 0
 Credit Hours16
MED 242 Percussion Techniques 1
MED 244 Vocal Techniques 1
MTY 149 Functional Techniques in Music Therapy I 2
MTY 359 Music Therapy Practicum 1A 2
MTY 562 Psychology of Music 3
MTY 545 Music in Rehabilitation 3
BIL 109 Human Biology 3
PSY 220 Introduction to Psychobiology 3
MTY 10 Music Therapy Forum 0
 Credit Hours18
PSY 292 Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics Section B 3
PSY 345 Child Psychopathology 3
PSY 230 or EPS 270 Child and Adolescent Development
or Lifespan Human Development
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
MTY 729 Advanced Music Therapy Practice I 3
MTY 651 Music Therapy Research Methods 3
MTY 757 Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 1 2
MTY 710 Graduate Forum in Music Therapy 0
Graduate Studies in Music 1
 Credit Hours9
MTY 646 Music in Psychotherapy 3
MTY 730 Advanced Music Therapy Practice II 3
MTY 758 Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 2 2
MTY 710 Graduate Forum in Music Therapy 0
MED 805 or 810 Master's Project
or Master's Thesis
 Credit Hours9
Year Three
MTY 759 Music Therapy Graduate Practicum 3 2
Neuroscience Elective 3
Graduate Studies in Music 4
MTY 805 or 810 Master's Project
or Master's Thesis
MTY 710 Graduate Forum in Music Therapy 0
 Credit Hours10
MTY 805 or 810 Master's Project
or Master's Thesis
Graduate Studies in Music 5
Research Elective (Thesis Emphasis) or Clinical Elective (Clinical Emphasis) 3
MTY 710 Graduate Forum in Music Therapy 0
Comprehensive Exam  
 Credit Hours9
MTY 802 Internship in Music Therapy 1
 Credit Hours1
Year Four
MTY 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.


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.


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.