Music Therapy Major

This degree is designed for students who wish to be employed as music therapists in a variety of clinical settings. Upon successful completion of the requirements for this degree, students are eligible to take the exam given by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. When students pass this exam, they will be granted the title, Music Therapist — Board Certified (MT-BC).

Bachelor of Music Therapy students should pass all coursework required for the major with a C or better. Students who fail to pass courses required for the major with a C or better after two attempts will no longer be allowed to continue in the major.

All students interested in majoring in music must perform and pass an audition before the music faculty. Students who fail to pass this audition after two attempts will not be allowed to continue as a music major. The audition must be completed before the end of the first week of their first semester as a music major.

After four semesters of study in music, all music majors must pass a sophomore review which includes performing their applied major jury before the music faculty. If the student fails this review, they will no longer be allowed to continue as a music major.

MTHP 101: Field Studies I
MTHP 102: Music Therapy Orientation and Accountability
MTHP 130: Beginning Class Guitar
MTHP 131: Intermediate Class Guitar
MTHP 140: Music and Developmental Disabilities
MTHP 201: Field Studies II
MTHP 202: Medical Music Therapy
MTHP 205: Music Therapy in Geriatrics Hospice and Bereavement
MTHP 301: Field Studies III
MTHP 310: Recreational Music
MTHP 315: Behavior Measurement and Ethics
MTHP 380, 480 Music Therapy Internship
MTHP 401: Field Studies IV

MTHP 405 Psychology of Music
MTHP 425: Research and Statistics
MUSC 105: Recital Attendance (8 semesters required)
MUSC 108: Percussion Class
MUSC 117: Music Theory I
MUSC 118: Music Theory II
MUSC 120: Voice Class
MUSC 121: Ear Training and Sight Singing I
MUSC 122: Ear Training and Sight Singing II
MUSC 211: Sophomore Review
MUSC 217: Music Theory III
MUSC 218: Music Theory IV
MUSC 219: Ear Training and Sight Singing III
MUSC 220: Ear Training and Sight Singing IV
MUSC 310: Recreational Music
MUSC 321: History of Music I
MUSC 322: History of Music II
MUSC 356: Conducting

Choose one course from the following:
MUSC 221: African-American Music
MUSC 224 Jazz History

Applied Piano (1 hr)
Ensembles (8 hrs)
Major Instrument (to Level 4) (8 hrs)
Music Therapy Guitar Proficiency
Music Therapy Piano Proficiency

Psychology courses required:
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 230: Life Span Development
PSYC 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 364: Neuroanatomy

Each student majoring in music is expected to:

  1. Complete the prescribed course of study for the particular degree.
  2. Complete at least eight semesters of an ensemble in a principal instrument.
  3. Complete at least eight semesters of concert choir, concert band or college orchestra.
  4. Attend a minimum of 10 concerts or recitals during each of the 15-week semesters including all faculty recitals and all "Guest Artist Series" concerts.
  5. Pass the piano proficiency examination.
  6. Achieve the required applied music level for the major. Information concerning applied music levels can be obtained in the music major handbook.
  7. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. If a student's GPA falls below 2.5, the student will have one semester to re-achieve the 2.5. Failure to do so can result in removal from the major.

Equivalency in Music Therapy

Equivalency students will be students who already have a bachelor's degree in an area other than music therapy and who will be seeking board certification without getting another bachelor's degree. Such students will be required to take coursework equivalent to that required for the music therapy degree. The specific coursework taken will be determined in much the same manner as for transfer students. The music therapy program director will evaluate the transcripts of equivalency students and outline any transfer credits accepted. The music therapy program director will verify that all coursework transferred is equivalent to that offered by Drury University.

The music therapy program director then will outline in advance the coursework the equivalency student is required to take. Courses on the student's transcript plus courses the student is required to take must meet the curricular standards of Drury and AMTA in addition to the requirements of the Certification Board for Music Therapists. As with transfer students, the equivalency student must demonstrate all music proficiency examination requirements required of music therapy students at Drury. The equivalency program will require a minimum of two semesters in residence at Drury plus internship.