Music Therapy Equivalency: Campus Program

The music therapy equivalency program provides an opportunity for men and women who have a degree in music to pursue study in the field of music therapy. The course of study is tailored to meet the needs of each person who attends. Individuals may be exempted from one or more of the requirements if they have previously taken an equivalent course or courses.

Music Therapy Equivalency - Required Courses

The following courses are required. You may be exempted from one or more of the requirements if you have previously taken an equivalent course or courses.
*Depending on curriculum students may be required to take MU256 or MU356

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area.

Applied Music Area. MU021 Freshman Voice Class is required with first year of voice study. Includeds Italian diction. MU471 Language Diction for Singers is required with the second year of voice study.

First pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through observation of music therapy sessions at a clinical site. Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC at each clinical site and will experience the therapeutic process through observation. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Primarily develops observational skills. Students will receive small group supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: instructor consent

Use of the computer and MIDI synthesizer keyboard to create, edit and perform music scores. Notation and sequencing software programs will be used. Winter, every year. Prerequisites: CS 101 and basic piano keyboard, or instructor’s permission.

Provide applied practice of clinical music therapy interventions and methods for use in medical, long-term care, educational and rehabilitation settings. Focus on the functional skills needed on: guitar, voice and piano, as well as non-symphonic instruments. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: MU 282 and MU 342.

Study of techniques of conducting with practical experience in choral music.

Level 2a pre-internship first clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various applied skills in music therapy through co-leading and/or leading group music therapy sessions at a designated clinical site (typically older adults or children in school setting). Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from observation and assessment through developed treatment plan and preliminary data collection. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Students will receive weekly group supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent

Level 2b pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various applied skills in music therapy through co-leading and/or leading group music therapy sessions at a designated clinical site (typically children/adults with developmental disabilties or older adults). Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from observation and assessment to developed treatment plan and data collection. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Students will receive weekly small group supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent

An introduction to the history of music therapy and to the application of music in the therapeutic treatment of a variety of populations. Course fee applies.

Designed to help students understand the process of music therapy from referral to termination. Special emphasis given to assessment and evaluation. Also investigates the dynamics and processes of music therapy groups. Prerequisite: MU282 and Instructor's consent. Course fee applies.

Elementary performance and pedagogy of wind, brass, percussion instruments and guitar. Requires ability to read music and instructor’s consent. Course fee applies.

Development of therapeutic skills on voice, percussion, piano and guitar used in clinical improvisation. Normally reserved for upper-level music therapy students. A lab is required as part of this course. Fall, alternate years. Course fee. Prerequisite MU 283 and consent of instructor.

Developing a fundamental understanding of terminology and cultural uses, as well as basic skill and technique with multicultural percussion (e.g. African hand drumming, Latin-based instruments, etc). Fundamental skill and performance on Western traditional percussion instruments (e.g. trap set, marimba, etc) will also be included. Prerequisite: Music major or consent of instructor.

Level 3a pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through co-leading, and/or leading group or 1:1 music therapy sessions at a clinical site. Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from assessment through final evaluation of treatment. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Students will receive 2:1 supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent

Level 3b pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through co-leading, and/or leading group or 1:1 music therapy sessions at a clinical site (typically 1:1). Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from assessment through final evaluation of treatment. Students will receive 2:1 supervision with faculty MT-BC. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent.

Music therapy treatment goals and objectives for those with developmental and physical disabilities. The development of music therapy skills to assist exceptional populations. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: MU 282.

Music therapy treatment goals and objectives for the elderly, those with substance abuse issues, and those with mental disorders. The development of music therapy skills to assist in rehabilitation. Course fee applies.

This required course provides necessary preliminary music therapy internship preparation, as well as addresses professional role and ethical issues in music therapy. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: MU 257 or consent of instructor.

Level 4a pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through observation, co-leading, and/or leading group or 1:1 music

An investigation of topics such as: the influence of music on human behavior; physiological responses to music; neuromusical research; hearing and music perception; human musicality. Includes individual projects. Normally reserved for juniors and seniors. Requires instructor’s consent. Course fee applies.

The study of various types of music therapy research. Exploration of research types in the literature. Qualitative and quantitative methods are investigated. Includes development of an original research proposal. Normally reserved for juniors and seniors. Requires instructor’s consent. Course fee applies.

This required course provides more in-depth internship preparation, as well as addresses supervision, administration, employment options and reimbursement issues in music therapy. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: MU 386 or consent of instructor.

Woods Core Requirements

Courses below are required for the program but also fulfill Woods Core requirements. Students must also fulfill other Woods Core Requirements.

Examines the form and functional relationships of all the major organ systems of the human body. Designed for music therapy majors and fulfills the general studies science requirement for them. Course is available to others, but does not meet their general studies science requirement. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: a score of 38 on the mathematics placement exam or MA 101.

Organization of data; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression; chi-square; analysis of variance; application to business decisions and experiments in natural and social sciences. Use of appropriate computer software. Fulfills general studies requirement. Prerequisite: MA112 or placement.

Studies human physical, cognitive, personality, emotional, social and moral development and change from conception to death. Prerequisite: PS111.

Theoretical and practical knowledge needed to make use of basic counseling skills. Emphasis on process in utilizing these skills. Activities include role playing and video presentations.

Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Internships

Internships may be taken the semester after final courses are completed. Music Therapy students will also need to take MU 491 for 1-6 credits if their internship extends beyond one semester of MU 490.

Supervised internship for music therapy students who have successfully completed at least 180 hours in pre-internship clinical training. Student must have passed all music proficiency exams prior to enrolling in this course. Admission to the internship requires consent of the Director of Music Therapy and a “C-” or better in all music therapy courses. The internship placement is based on the student’s clinical and personal needs. The student must: 1) accrue at least 900 hours in internship training, 2) accrue a total of at least 1200 hours in pre-internship and internship hours, and 3) demonstrate entry-level knowledge and skill in all AMTA Professional Competencies. No text. As needed. Course fee.

Supervised music therapy clinical experience. Elective course for music therapy students who have taken MU 490 but have not accrued either sufficient clock hours or competency in all skill areas. Requires consent of the Director of Music Therapy. No text. As needed. Course fee.

What qualifications are needed to practice music therapy?

A professional music therapist must complete (a) an undergraduate degree in music therapy, or (b) an undergraduate degree in a related area and a music therapy equivalency. Academic requirements include courses in music, music therapy, psychology, and related areas. Professional music therapists have also completed at least 1200 hours of clinical training, and have passed a board examination. This leads to the entry-level credential, MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified).

What type of clinical training will I receive?

Students begin observing music therapy sessions, conducted by professional music therapists and/or other music therapy students, in the first semester of MT Field Experience. Over the course of several semesters, students become more involved in the treatment process. These pre-internship (field) experiences will total approximately 200 hours. After completing course requirements, students must successfully complete a music therapy internship of approximately 1000 hours. Field and internship experiences are supervised.

For more information about this program, please contact Sharon Boyle, MM, MT-BC at 812-535-5145 or sboyle@smwc.edu

Information about Course Requirements
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