Master of Music Therapy (43 hours)

MAMT- Required Courses

43 credit hours required; all courses listed.

Examines the music of diverse cultures through readings, listenings, and experiential activities. Students apply knowledge about music cultures to therapeutic situations. Requires completion of a musical ethnography. Prerequisite: music degree.

Studies selected topics in music history and literature. Students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a significant aspect, style, school or composer of music through research and completion of a final paper. Prerequisite: music degree.

Investigates a current issue or problem in music and society. Each student chooses a topic (to be approved by instructor), researches it, and creates a paper or project based on the research. Prerequisite: music degree.

Develops listening skills, clinical use of musical elements, and ability to improvise with mutuality. Prepares students for clinical improvisation at an advanced level. Encourages students to compose music for a variety of clinical applications. Prerequisite: MT-BC.

Students will utilize advanced music, verbal, and written skills with clients they currently serve. Individual and/or group supervision will be provided by MAMT faculty via online methods or phone conferencing. Designed to be taken in conjunction with MU 544, but may be taken at another time with consent of Director. Each credit = approximately 50 clock hours.

Surveys the medical applications of music therapy across a variety of settings and populations, throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is on theoretical and empirical support for music therapy approaches in the treatment of persons with physical illnesses. Prerequisite: MT-BC.

Investigates existing methods of music therapy assessment. Reviews Standards of Practice regarding assessment. Includes development of a music therapy assessment tool. Prerequisite: MTBC.

Introduces students to applications of Guided Imagery and Music. Includes didactic and experiential components. Completion of this course serves as Level I GIM training, which enables students to pursue advanced training if desired. Prerequisite: MT-BC.

Critically examines ethical thinking and behavior for music therapists. Includes examination of AMTA Code of Ethics and application of an ethical decision-making mode to ethical dilemmas.

Examines the use of music in psychotherapy and music as psychotherapy. Various theoretical models and techniques are considered. Prerequisite: MT-BC.

Introduces basic research methodology; requires the development of a research proposal. Engages students in field-specific and interdisciplinary professional research literature; develops ability to critically read and understand research literature. Prerequisite: MT-BC.

Requires an oral defense of the proposal prepared for MU 590, completion of the approved research project, and a written thesis. Requires adherence to SMWC Thesis Preparation Guidelines and correct use of APA style. Prerequisite: MU 590.

Examines the major forms of psychopathology based on DSM diagnostic categories. Topics include the symptomatology, etiology, developmental patterns, theories, and treatment approaches related to various diagnostic categories.

Examines the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy, the techniques used to establish therapeutic relationships and the development of counseling skills. Students will practice counseling skills in class and through the use of video-taped role-plays.

Examines group processes and development, as well as treatment methods. A study of the research findings and theoretical approaches to group counseling. Includes small group experiences, discussion and independent study.

MAMT- Elective Courses

Although these courses are not required, you may be interested in taking them. Please speak with your academic advisor for details.

Further develops improvisation and therapeutic skills by building upon work accomplished in MU 544. Large group experiences will facilitate music skill development, and develop the resources to resolve musical and clinical issues. Small group experiences will explore group dynamics that occur in therapeutic improvisation groups, develop the personal relationship to music, and integrate these experiences into music therapy work. Prerequisite: MU 544 (or consent of instructor). As needed.

Advanced study of a music therapy topic of special interest to the MAMT student. Topic must be approved by the Director of Music Therapy. As needed.

Information about Course Requirements
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Graduate Requirements

Successful completion of the degree requirements leads to the “Master of Arts” degree. Graduates of the program use the letters “M.A.” to signify successful completion of the program.