Music Therapy Bachelor of Science

Degree Requirements

The program is designed to provide academic, clinical and professional preparation necessary for a career in the music therapy profession. Upon completion of all degree requirements, students are eligible for professional membership in the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), to sit for the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), and to become a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). All music therapy students are advised to minor in Psychology.

The program is designed as direct preparation for the Master of Music degree in Music Therapy. The completion of the master's degree is required to become licensed in New York State as a Creative Arts Therapist.

Music Therapy majors must achieve a minimum grade of B- in all courses designated with the prefix MUTY.

Musicianship Core

The musicianship core is the set of required studies common to all music degree programs (Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, Bachelor of Science in Music with an emphasis in Sound Recording Technology, all programs of the Bachelor of Music).

MUS 163Our World of Music

1

MUS 164Our World of Music

1

MUS 263Music History in Western Civilization I

3

MUS 264Music History in Western Civilization II

3

MUS 231Conducting I

2

MUS 121Aural Skills I

2

MUS 122Aural Skills II

2

MUS 123Music Theory I

3

MUS 124Music Theory II

3

MUS 221Aural Skills III

2

MUS 222Aural Skills IV

2

MUS 223Music Theory III

3

MUS 224Music Theory IV

3

MUS 118Piano Class, Elementary

2

MUS 100Recital-Seminar

0

MUS 120Concert Attendance

0

MUS 105Applied Music Major

2

MUS 106Applied Music Major

2

Total Credit Hours:36

NOTE:

  • MUS 125 and MUS 126 (instead of MUS 105 and MUS 106) for Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Bachelor of Music degree in Performance;
  • MUS 118: waived for students whose principal instrument is piano;
  • MUS 120: each semester of private applied lessons;
  • MUS 107 and MUS 108 are required of all freshmen oboe and bassoon majors.

Plus the following:

MUS 042African Drumming Ensemble

0.5

Ensembles (additional)

3.5

MUS 113Voice Class

1

MUS 137Diction for Singers

0.5

MUS 138Diction for Singers

0.5

MUS 139Diction for Singers

0.5

MUS 140Diction for Singers

0.5

MUS 217Piano Class, Intermediate

1

MUS 218Piano Class, Intermediate

1

MUS 317Piano Class

1

MUS 415Piano Class for Keyboard Majors

1

MUS 318Piano Class

1

Successful completion of Piano Proficiency Examination

MUS 109Harp Class, Elementary

1

or

MUS 119Free Improvisation

1

MUED 210Guitar Class

1

MUED 211Guitar Class

1

MUED 291Technology in Music I

2

MUS 200Recital Seminar

0

MUS 205Applied Music Major

2

MUS 206Applied Music Major

2

PHED 127Yoga

2

or

MUS 370Rhythm, Pitch, and Gesture

3

MUTY 112Music Therapy Clinical Observation and Seminar

1

MUTY 115Introduction to Music Therapy

2

MUTY 116Orientation to Clinical Practice

2

MUTY 211Clinical Placement and Seminar I

1

MUTY 212Clinical Placement and Seminar II

1

MUTY 215Music Therapy Repertoire

2

MUTY 216Impact of Music on Human Health and Behavior

2

MUTY 311Clinical Placement and Seminar III

1

MUTY 312Clinical Placement and Seminar IV

1

MUTY 315Methods of Music Therapy

2

MUTY 316Principles of Music Therapy

2

MUTY 411Clinical Placement and Seminar V

1

MUTY 416Music Therapy Internship Seminar

1

MUTY 450Internship in Music Therapy

4

PSY 129Introduction to Psychology

3

PSY 200Statistics

3

PSY XXX Developmental Psychology Courses

3

PSY 351Physiological Psychology

3

or

PSY 361Cognitive Neuroscience

3

PSY 356Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY 447Introduction to Counseling

3

Total Credit Hours:62-63

NOTE:

  • MUS 113 waived if voice is principal instrument;
  • MUS 217 - MUS 218MUS 317 waived if piano is principal instrument;
  • MUS 318 music therapy section;
  • PSY 289 or other developmental psychology course with advisory approval;
  • PSY 200 may be substituted with an elective psychology course, as advised;
  • Recommended ensemble experiences: 1-credit large ensemble with principal instrument; choral experience for non-vocalists;
  • Music eurythmics class may substitute for yoga.

For Piano Majors:

MUS 415Piano Class for Keyboard Majors

1

Total Credit Hours:1

For Vocal Majors:

MUS 033Opera Prod Practicum

0.5

MUS 137Diction for Singers

0.5

MUS 138Diction for Singers

0.5

MUS 139Diction for Singers

0.5

MUS 140Diction for Singers

0.5

Total Credit Hours:2.5