Music Therapy

The bachelor of music therapy degree offers musicians the opportunity to take their talents into the healing and helping professions. Provisionally accredited by the American Music Therapy Association, the music therapy program is a rigorous, five-year course of study that includes a year-long placement with a board certified professional and prepares students to sit for national certification. Students develop musical proficiency in voice, piano, guitar and percussion, build entry-level competencies in psychology, neuroscience, anatomy and healthcare practice, and gain experience alongside a professional music therapist.

Program Highlights

  • Develop musical proficiency in voice, piano, guitar and percussion
  • Build entry-level competency in psychology, neuroscience, anatomy and healthcare ethics and philosophy
  • Complete 1,200 hours of observation with a board certified music therapist
  • Prepare to sit for board certification as a music therapist
  • Participate in Pacific University’s wide range of ensembles, including Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, Pacific Philharmonic, Jazz Choir, Jazz Band and Pep Band
  • Network with peers and professors in the health and helping professions throughout Pacific’s undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Apply for music scholarships that are available to all students and do not require that recipients be music majors or minors

Courses

Pacific’s music therapy program is a rigorous, five-year course of study. Students gain extensive training in music, as well as in psychology, physiology and healthcare ethics and philosophy. They also complete a fifth year of observation and practice under the guidance of a board certified licensed music therapist. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam.

Preparation

The music therapy curriculum at Pacific University includes preparation in music therapy, psychology, music, and biological, social and behavioral sciences. It also includes significant field experience that gives students an insight into the professional career of music therapy and teaches them to assess needs of clients, as well as to develop and implement treatment plans that include creating, making, moving to and listening to music. Students who earn a degree in music therapy from Pacific University will have completed the requirements to seek certification from the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Accreditation

The Pacific University music therapy program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music  (NASM) and the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Department of Music

The Music Department at Pacific also offers programs in musicmusic education and music performance.