Course Requirements

Music Therapy Courses

Minimum of 29 credit hours required; all courses listed. These courses, or equivalent courses, are required in order to complete the music therapy equivalency.

Assessment and continued development of functional music skills; development of percussion skills (basic techniques on several standard and ethnic instruments, and ability to lead rhythm-based ensembles); focus on cultural awareness throughout the treatment process. Prerequisites: Admission to MTED Program. Director of Music Therapy consent.

Level I pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy equivalency distance students. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through observation, assisting, assessing, and co-leading 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 from observation and assessment to final evaluation of clients. Students will receive individual supervision (face to face) at clinical sites and group supervision (via Skype or other online methods) with course instructor and peers. Fall every year; other terms as needed. Course fee. Prerequisite: Enrolled in MTED program.

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.

Development of skills used in therapeutic improvisation. Normally reserved for junior/senior music therapy majors. Course fee applies. Prerequisite MU 283 and instructor consent.

Students will learn basic conducting skills (conduct basic patterns with technical accuracy; conduct ensembles); begin the process of internship application and preparation. Prerequisite: Admission to MTED program.

Level II pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy equivalency distance students. This course will provide students with opportunities to refine skills learned at the previous level, and learn the skills of treatment planning, implementation, documentation, and leading 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 from observation and assessment to final evaluation of clients. Students will receive individual supervision (face to face) at clinical sites and group supervision (via Skype or other online methods) with course instructor and peers. Spring every year; other terms as needed. Course fee. Prerequisite: MU 258 or Program Director approval.

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.

Introduction to music therapy service reimbursement and financing sources (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, Private Health Insurance, State and Local Health and/or Education Agencies, Grants); development of professional skills and attitudes. Prerequisite: Admission to MTED program.

Level III pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy equivalency distance students. This course will provide students with opportunities to refine skills learned at previous levels, and learn the skills of evaluation and termination in 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 from observation and assessment to final evaluation of clients. Students will receive individual supervision (face to face) at clinical sites and group supervision (via Skype or other online methods) with course instructor and peers. Summer every year; other terms as needed. Course fee. Prerequisite: MU 358 or Program Director approval.

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 course is designed for music therapy students who have successfully completed: 1) all other required courses for the B.S. in music therapy, and 2) at least 180 hours in pre-internship clinical training. Students may not begin a music therapy internship without approval from the Director of Music Therapy. Admission to the internship also requires at least: 1) 2.0 general GPA, 2) average of 2.5 GPA in all music courses, and 3) a C- or better in all music therapy courses. Prerequisite: Program Director approval.

Supportive Courses

These courses, or equivalencies, are required in order to complete the music therapy equivalency.

The student may select between BI101 or BI230. The course description for BI101 follows: Biology: Unity & Diversity A study of the normal integrated functioning of the human organism in the context of principles and concepts relating the human organism to its environment. The major unifying concept of biology – evolution – is used as a framework for this study. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method and other problem-solving techniques. Fulfills general studies requirement. Course fee. Prerequisite: Score of 38 or better on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.Fall and Winter, every year. The course description for BI230 is as follows: Anatomy and Physiology 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. 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.

The student may select between 285 or 237. The course description for 285 follows: Techniques of Counseling 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. Winter, odd years. The course description for 237 follows: Educational Psychology The study and application of psychological concepts as they apply to teaching and learning from childhood through adolescence. Topics include: learning theory; motivation; physical, emotional and sociological development; individual differences; intelligence; evaluations based on behavioral objectives; and types and uses of standardized tests. Winter, every year. Prerequisite: ED 109 or PS 111.

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

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