Bachelor of Music Therapy
With a degree in music therapy, learn to use music and all of its facets to help clients improve their physical and mental health by becoming a professional music therapist.
Accredited by the American Music Therapy Association, the bachelor of music therapy program is a rigorous, five-year course of study that includes a year-long internship with a board certified professional and prepares students to sit for music therapist national certification. Students develop musical proficiency in voice, piano, guitar and percussion; build entry-level competencies in psychology, neuroscience, anatomy and health care practice; and gain experience alongside a professional music therapist.
Students may participate in a wide range of ensembles at Pacific and/or apply for music scholarships that are available to all students, not just music majors or minors.
Samantha Thompson ’21 was named Pacific University’s Outstanding Senior in Music Therapy.
Joshua Pearl' 19 learned about the therapeutics of music in the hardest possible way: He was afflicted with an autoimmune disease that caused him severe pain. He turned to the piano as a form of treatment, and it helped lessen the need for painkillers he had been prescribed. Recognizing that music could do for others what it did for him, Pearl became a music therapist.
Jasmine Libert '18 will teach English to students in Austria, while Anita Gill MFA '18 will conduct research in Spain.