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Graduate Degree in Music Therapy

What Our Program Offers You

What Our Students Learn/Skills you will acquire

Our philosophy is guided by the terms awareness, application, integration and competency, and students typically enter the program with the MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified) credential and full-time employment. Core studies emphasize contemporary foundations, dynamics of intervention, interdisciplinary studies and administration/supervision. Our faculty guide you toward “best-practices” that are well-linked to theoretical foundations and supported in research, and toward new directions in music therapy, including prevention and wellness for individuals and communities.

Our Master of Music Therapy program prepares you:

  • for advanced clinical work with specific populations
  • to develop new music therapy programs
  • to conduct research

Learning at all levels is guided by professional competencies established by the American Music Therapy Association. This emphasis is important in helping you succeed in obtaining National Board Certification and future employment.

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

Our graduate program prepares you to begin new music therapy programs and conduct research in the field. It encourages and enables you to branch out into, or pioneer, new areas of practice and to bring music therapy into underserved areas. Master’s level graduates are employable as primary therapists, directors/administrators or supervisors.

What makes our program unique?

The music therapy program at Shenandoah University is one of only two programs in the state of Virginia, and our 40-year program has become a hub for music therapy activity in the community. Our partnerships with agencies such as the Adult Care Center, Winchester Memorial Hospital, Blue Ridge Hospice, NW Works, NREP and Westminster Canterbury offer numerous opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience beyond the classroom, and to increase your employment possibilities after graduation.

Each faculty member in the music therapy department has established particular areas of expertise that are foundational to their expression as music therapists and music therapy researchers. You’ll learn from experienced and supportive professors, and benefit from access to music therapy clinic supplies with instruments and helpful technology, including neurobiofeedback software, state-of-the-art keyboard, iPods and other mobile technology.

The SU Music Therapy Association (SUMTA) provides links to state, regional and national organizations in music therapy, and provides you with service-oriented opportunities in the community, as well as opportunities to attend music therapy workshops and conferences in support of your education at Shenandoah.

Earning Potential

Based on the 2012 AMTA Member Profile, the average salary for a music therapist is $49,396. Approximately 55 percent of music therapists are employed full-time. Many music therapists choose to be self-employed, and charges for individual music therapy sessions currently range from $53 to $70 per hour. Average rates for group service range from $57 to $79 per hour and assessment services range from $65 to $99 per hour.

Course Requirements

Master of Music in Music Therapy 2012-2013
CONR 601 Bibliography & Research (3) 
MUED 604 Educational Measurement (3) 
MUTH 604 Assessment and Evaluation in Music Therapy (3) 
MUTH 611 Contemporary Foundations of Music Therapy (2) 
MUTH 612 Dynamics of Music Therapy Intervention (2) 
MUTH 613 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Music Therapy (2) 
MUTH 614 Implementation and Administration of Music Therapy Practice (2) 
MUTH 621 Clinical Applications 1 (1) 
MUTH 622 Clinical Applications 2 (1) 
MUTH 623 Clinical Applications 3 (1) 
MUTH 624 Clinical Applications 4 (1) 
MUTH 591 Music Therapy and Competency Education (1) 
CONR 691/2/9 Demonstration Project/ Clinical Project/ Thesis (1) 
CONR 691/2/9 Demonstration Project/ Clinical Project/ Thesis (1) 
CONR 691/2/9 Demonstration Project/ Clinical Project/ Thesis (1) 
CONR 691/2/9 Demonstration Project/ Clinical Project/ Thesis (1)
Electives in Music 
(To include at least 2 credits in theory or literature. Maximum of 2 credits of ensemble) 
4 credits

(Select from clinical foundations, education (general or music), or business) 
3 credits