Music Therapy Equivalency Online
In the music therapy equivalency distance (MTED) program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, you will develop your talents and passion to help others through music. 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.
Earn Your Music Therapy Equivalency Online at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Your love of music. Our passion for equipping therapists.
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.
- Work on your music therapy training primarily from where you live.
- Come to campus at least three times for 3-day residency (Fall & Winter first year; Fall second year); do coursework and clinical training for that semester during the following 16 weeks.
- Come for at least one 5-day residency in Spring, and do your coursework and clinical training for that semester during the following 8 weeks.
- Finish the program in approximately 2 years.
- Transition into the Master of Arts in Music Therapy graduate program if desired.
We have high expectations for you. Here’s what you can expect from us:
Support: Our professors are more than just teachers. They are advisors, cheerleaders and friends. We offer online academic support so you’re never alone and career services specifically tailored to individual student goals.
Dedication: Our faculty and staff have stood in your shoes before. We know about the homework, class projects and presentations. We’re here to help, advise and encourage you through all of your classes.
Convenience: We understand you’re busy—you’re a student, a parent and an employee. We know that you have many responsibilities to balance, so we work with you to ensure that you graduate with a music therapy equivalency that breaks down the barriers in your career.
The Music Therapy Equivalency Distance Program (MTED) at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is designed with you in mind. It is unique in that it provides you the opportunity to pursue study in the field of music therapy at a distance through online classes. SMWC is the only online college in the nation that offers the Equivalency program online. The program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.
Music Therapy Courses
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- bachelor's degree in music from an NASM (National Association of Schools of Music) school
- minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
- general Psychology (C- or better)
- proficiency on voice and at least one accompaniment instrument upon entry
- successful audition on major/primary instrument (2 pieces of contrasting nature)
- basic accompanying and vocal skills (piano and voice OR guitar and voice) on two songs
- at least five MT-BCs in your geographic area (60-mile radius from your home)
Additional Program Requirements
- ability to attend brief residencies on campus, three times in first year and at least once in second year
- completion of supportive courses* at SMWC, or equivalent courses completed elsewhere (prior to or in conjunction with the MTED Program)
- specific technology including broadband internet connection, webcam, headset with microphone, digital recording device, current Microsoft Office Software, and Skype account
- successful completion of all proficiency examinations
- successful completion of all coursework and clinical training
- participation in and adherence to an individual training plan
Music therapy students must demonstrate music skills as outlined in the American Music Therapy Association Professional Competencies. In addition, students must pass the Piano Proficiency Examination and the Guitar/Voice Competency Examination before beginning the internship. Guidelines regarding these examinations will be given at the first residency.
Students are responsible for scheduling the Examinations with the music therapy faculty. The Examinations will take place at each residency prior to applying for internships. Each examination can be taken no more than three times.
Students must complete at least 1,200 clock hours of music therapy clinical training under the supervision of board-certified music therapists (MT-BCs). Approximately 200 hours (a minimum of 180 pre-internship hours) are accrued in supervised practicum experiences in conjunction with a practicum class; students who have not accrued this minimum at the end of 3 semesters of practicum class will be required to take the course for a fourth semester. Approximately 1,000 hours are accrued during internship.
Successful completion of the Internship is a program requirement. Admission to the Internship requires: a general GPA of 2.0; an average of 2.5 in all music courses; a C- or better in all music therapy courses; and a letter of eligibility from the Director of Music Therapy. Successful completion of academic and clinical requirements leads to eligibility to take the music therapy board examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Passing the examination leads to the professional credential MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified).
Each clinical site has its own requirements (such as TB test, criminal history check, etc.). Students are responsible for any expenses incurred for meeting those requirements and must meet all such requirements in order to do a practicum (pre-internship) or internship experience at that site. Students are required to purchase liability insurance every semester of practicum and internship. Field and internship placement decisions are made in conjunction with SMWC faculty.
Completion of the program is dependent upon available practicum and internship sites and MT-BC supervisors. If such sites/supervisors are not available in a student's geographic area it may be necessary for that student to move to a different location to complete the program. Completion of the program hinges upon successful completion of all coursework and clinical training requirements. Factors which may influence the student’s ability to secure practicum and internship placements include: availability of MT-BCs who are willing to supervise, student’s ability to establish rapport and build a therapeutic relationship, student’s critical self-awareness and clinical musicianship, and student’s readiness to work in specific clinical settings. Therefore, program faculty cannot guarantee practicum and internship placements for every student.
Each student will have an Individual Training Plan (ITP) that is developed with the Music Therapy Faculty. The ITP is a tool used to communicate expectations and outline the roles and responsibilities of the music therapy faculty and student. The plan is reviewed periodically.
January 14-17, 2016
(Returning students only)
May 30-June 4, 2016
(Returning Students Only)
August 14-16, 2016
(New and Returning students)
The College reserves the right to change these dates
|Fall I |
(16 wk term)
(16 wk term)
(8 wk term)
|Music as Therapy||3||Therapeutic Processes||2||Clinical Improvisation||2|
|MT Clinical Skills I||3||MT Clinical Skills II||3||Expressive Movement||1|
|MTED Clinical Musicianship||1||MTED Practicum I||1||MTED Practicum II||1|
|Student spends 3 days on campus. Do placement exams in guitar, piano, and voice at this time.||
Student spends 3 days on campus.
|Competency exams Part II (must pass to begin internship in Winter+). Student spends 5-6 days on campus.|
|Fall II||Cr.||Spring II||Cr.||Summer II||Cr.|
|MTED Practicum III||1||Internship**||4-6||Continue internship if need be.|
|Student spends 3 days on campus. *Offered if needed.|