Bachelor of Music Therapy | Academic Advising Handbook

The Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree shares many of the same courses as the other music majors offered at Pacific University. Each student entering the Music Therapy program will need to work closely with the Director of Music Therapy for advising into the correct course sequence based upon the student’s prior musical experience in order to meet the proficiencies outlined for certification and licensure. For general information about music courses, please refer to Music section of the Advising Handbook.

For Specific Questions about the Music Therapy Program, please contact:

Brea Murakami    ext. 3122

Unique to the Music Therapy Major

Many entering students will already be proficient in the clinical instruments required for competency. These are piano, voice, and guitar. Thus many students may not need to take these 1-credit courses. The suggested timeline assumes that the entering students have competency on one of these three instruments. Additional coursework or private lessons may be required for individualstudents to reach functional competency on piano, voice, or guitar.Music therapy students’ functional musicianship is evaluated via the Music Therapy Functional Music Skills Exam, which outlines 60+ individual music skills that students must pass before beginning their clinical internship. A subset of these skills is required before student begin practicum rotations. More information about the Functional Music Skills Exam can be found in the latest edition of the Pacific University Music Therapy Handbook.

Students are required to participate in one large ensemble every semester (orchestra, band, concert choir, or chamber singers) for 0-1 credits. Currently, typical music majors take about half of these for 1 credit and half for 0 credit. The suggested timeline below assumes the same for Music Therapy majors.

All core requirements except specific focal studies are included in this suggested timeline. Good Focal Studies that would dovetail with courses already listed in this sequence might include “Scientific Research Methods (40)” which includes PSY 150 and PHIL 307, or “The Science and Philosophy of Mind (46)” which includes PSY 150 and BIOL 224/HBIO 230. There are others.

Two courses devoted to core or electives are suggested each winter to complete focal studies and core requirements.

REV 2020