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    Music therapy is a field that uses music along with the personality of the therapist as a treatment for rehabilitating, maintaining, and improving the lives of persons with physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities. As a member of the therapeutic team, the music therapist participates in assessing problems, setting treatment goals, and planning and carrying out music experiences to meet these goals.

    Career opportunities are available for music therapists in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, community mental health clinics, nursing homes, day care centers, and correctional facilities. Some music therapists establish their own private studios, usually working with clients referred by local health professionals. In addition, some public school systems are beginning to include music therapists in their special education programs.

    Music therapy students can be involved in the campus Music Therapy Club, which promotes the profession, offers workshops for members and other interested students, and organizes service projects. Club members also participate in both the regional and national professional student organizations of the American Music Therapy Association. Through this involvement they have opportunities for leadership, scholarships, and participation at professional conferences.

    Music therapy students have the opportunity to take field trips and observe music therapy clinical work in their freshman year. Six semesters of further clinical experience in a variety of community settings provide practical application of music therapy course work. A senior practicum course provides an opportunity to mentor and supervise beginning music therapy students in the clinical experience. A required six-month music therapy internship culminates the educational program with placement opportunities in approximately 150 clinical settings throughout the United States. Professional music therapists supervise the internship programs, which meet the training requirements of the American Music Therapy Association. Students may select an internship in settings such as hospitals, clinics, day care facilities, schools, community mental health centers, substance abuse facilities, nursing homes, hospice, rehabilitation centers, and correctional facilities. Several Slippery Rock University alumni have found employment at their internship facility.

    The double majors, BM in Performance/BM in Music Education, the BM in Performance/BM in Music Therapy, the BM in Music Education/BM in Music Therapy are available for students who wish to pursue combined degrees. Please see Chairperson for the semester by semester schedule.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Requirements for the Major - Credits: 74All prospective music therapy majors must audition with a faculty committee of the Department of Music.

    Required Music Courses - Credits: 52

    • Applied Major (7 credits)
      (* see footnote)
    • Applied Minor (6 credits)
      (* see footnote)
    • Ensemble (7 credits)
      (* see footnote)
    • MUSI 137 - Functional Guitar for Music Therapy I Credits: 1
    • MUSI 138 - Functional Guitar for Music Therapy II Credits: 1
    • MUSI 151 - Music Theory and Analysis I Credits: 2
    • MUSI 154 - Musicianship Skills I Credits: 1
    • MUSI 247 - Percussion Methods Credits: 1
    • MUSI 253 - Music Theory and Analysis II Credits: 2
    • MUSI 254 - Music Theory and Analysis III Credits: 2
    • MUSI 255 - Music Theory and Analysis IV Credits: 2
    • MUSI 256 - Musicianship Skills II Credits: 1
    • MUSI 257 - Musicianship Skills III Credits: 1
    • MUSI 258 - Musicianship Skills IV Credits: 1
    • MUSI 273 - History of Music I Credits: 3
    • MUSI 332 - Vocal Conducting Credits: 1
    • MUSI 333 - Instrumental Conducting Credits: 1
    • MUSI 350 - Computer Technology in Music Credits: 2
    • MUSI 351 - Arranging & Orchestration Credits: 2
    • MUSI 360 - Keyboard Improvisation Credits: 1
    • MUSI 361 - Instrumental Improvisation Credits: 1
    • MUSI 373 - History of Music II Credits: 3
    • MUSI 473 - History of Music III Credits: 3

    Required Music Therapy Courses - Credits: 22

    • MUSI 127 - Orientation to Music Therapy Credits: 1
    • MUSI 199 - Fundamental Skills in Music Therapy Credits: 1
    • MUSI 228 - Therapeutic Musical Strategies Credits: 1
    • MUSI 236 - Music Therapy Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation Credits: 2
    • MUSI 312 - Music Therapy for Children Credits: 3
    • MUSI 327 - Psychology of Music Credits: 3
    • MUSI 330 - Clinical Integration Credits: 0/1
    • MUSI 428 - Music Therapy Advanced Topics: Supervision, Ethics, and Issues of Diversity Credits: 3
    • MUSI 433 - Clinical Integration Credits: 1
    • six semesters of clinical experience are required

    • MUSI 440 - Music Therapy for Adult Clients Credits: 3
    • MUSI 450 - Music Therapy Internship Credits: Up to 12

    Other Courses Required to Acquire Professional Competencies the American Music Therapy Association

    3 credits from SASW, PSYC 100 or 105, 276, and 3 additional credits of psychology.
    • BIOL 216 - Anatomy and Physiology/Lab Credits: 3


    • BIOL 217 - Anatomy and Physiology/Lab Credits: 3


    * See chairperson of Department of Music for an explanation of these requirements.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

    In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

    • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable
    • SAT or ACT Scores
    • $30.00 application fee

    WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.

    Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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