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Music Therapy Major

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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).

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy students receive practical training experience at the Drury University Center for Music Therapy and Wellness.

How is Music Therapy Used?

Music Therapy uses music and music related strategies, presented by a qualified music therapist, to assist or motivate a person towards specific non-musical goals. Music therapists use their training as musicians and clinicians to bring about changes in cognitive, physical, communication, social, employment, and emotional skills.

Who Benefits from Music Therapy?

Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, etc.

Drury University Center for Music Therapy & Wellness

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).

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 their first semester as a music major.

The Bachelor of Music Therapy major requires 90 credit hours of coursework. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Equivalency in Music Therapy

Equivalency students will be students who already have a bachelor’s degree in music 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.