Music Therapy Suggested Timeline

Below is a suggested timeline of courses for music therapy majors.

First Year

Fall Credits Spring Credits
MUS 100 Recital Attendance 0 MUS 100 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 111 Music Theory I 4 MUS 112 Music Theory II 4
MUS 185 Functional Piano I+ 1 MUS 186 Functional Piano II+ 1
MUS 171 Applied Music 1 MUS 172 Applied Music 1
Ensemble* 0-1 Ensemble* 0-1
MT 190 Into to Music Therapy 2 MUS 187 (class guitar) 1
    MT 290 Clinical Processes I 4
Total 8-9 Total 9-10

HUM 100 (first semester)

4 Core or elective 4
Language (or core/elective) 4 Language (or core/elective) 4

Sophomore Year

Fall Credits Spring Credits
MUS 100 Recital Attendance 0 MUS 100 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 211 Music Theory III 4 MUS 212 Music Theory IV 4
MUS 220 Music Survey I 4 MUS 221 Music Survey II 4
MUS 271 Applied Music 1 MUS 272 Applied Music  1
Ensemble* 1 Ensemble* 0-1
MUS 188 Class Guitar II 2 MT 294 Practicum I 1

Functional Skills Exam I (must pass before enrolling in MT 294)

0 Comprehensive Jury Exam (lesson level change)  
Total 10-11 Total 10-11

Other suggested/required (in bold)courses for the second year of study in Music Therapy are:

PSY 150 Intro to Psyc 4 PSY 211 Abnormal Psych 4
ENGW 180 (or core/elective) 4 Core or elective 4

Junior Year

Fall Credits Spring Credits
MUS 100 Recital Attendance 0 MUS 100 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 182 Class Voice II 2 MT 390 Clincial Processes 2 2
MUS 282 Basics of Conducting 2 MUS 372 Applied Music 1
MUS 371 Applied Music 1  
Ensemble* 0-1 Ensemble* 0-1
MT 491 Psychology of Music 4   2
MT 391 MT with Children 2 MT 394 Practicum 3 2
MT 296 Practicum 1 - Children 1 MT 392 Practicum 2 w/ Adults 1
Total 12-13 Total 6-7

Other suggested/required (in bold) courses for the third year of study in Music Therapy are:

HBIO 110 Human Biology 

or HBIO 230 (Human A&P I)

4 PHIL 307 Medical Ethics 4
Core course or elective (either semester) 4

Senior Year

Fall Credits Spring Credits
MUS 100 Recital Attendance 0 MUS 100 0
Ensemble* 0-1 Ensemble* 0-1
MT 494 Clinical/Professional Issues 1 MT 490 Research Methods 4
MT 496 Improvisation & Songwriting 2 MT 396 Practicum 4 (may be repeated for credit) 1
MT 396 Practicum 4 1 MUS 495 Capstone 1
MUS 236 1 Functional Skills Exam  
Total 5-6 Total 7-8

Other suggested/required (in bold) courses for the fourth year of study in Music Therapy are:

SOC 301 Social Statistics** 4 SOC 325 Counseling/Interview Techniques 4
Note: Math 207 - General Statistics or SOC 301 will fulfill this requirement
Core course or elective 4 Core course or elective 4
Core course or elective 2  

Year Five | Internship Year

Fall and/or Spring Credits
MT 499 Clinical Internship
(450-510 hours)
2

Transfer Students and Students Switching to Music Therapy

Below is a suggested course sequence for music therapy-specific courses (MT prefix) for transfer students looking to complete their degree requirements in fewer than four years. Students should consult with their academic advisor when planning their academic sequence.

Fall of Year 1

Introduction to Music Therapy (MT 190)

Psychology of Music (MT 491)

Functional Piano I (MUS 185)

Spring of Year 1

Clinical Processes in Music Therapy 1 (MT 290)

Music Therapy Practicum 1 (MT 294)

Theory & Practice with Adults (MT 392)

Class Voice II (MUS 182)

Functional Piano II (MUS 186)

Class Guitar I (MUS 187)

Fall of Year 2

Music Therapy Practicum 2 (MT 296)

Theory & Practice with Children (MT 391)

Clinical/Professional Issues in Music Therapy (MT 494)

Improv & Songwriting for Music Therapy (MT 496)

Class Guitar II (MUS 188)

Spring of Year 2

Clinical Processes in Music Therapy 2 (MT 390)

Music Therapy Practicum 3 (MT 394)

Music Therapy Practicum 4 (MT 396)

Research in Music Therapy (MT 493)

Year 3

Clinical Internship (MT 499)

Functional Music Skills Information for Transfer Students

Transfer students attempting to complete music therapy coursework in four semesters are highly encouraged to enter the program with experience on voice, piano, and guitar. While transfer students are expected to pass all skills on the Music Therapy Functional Skills checklist, they are allowed to enroll in Practicum Level 1 (MT 294) before fully passing the subset of skills in Functional Skills Exam 1. Transfer students must demonstrate pass Functional Skills Exam 1 before enrolling in Practicum Level 2 (MT 296). 

Lessons for Music Therapy Majors

Music therapy majors are required to reach the MUS 372 level (include a level-change) on their primary instrument. Traditional four-year students reach this level at the end of their third year. Transfer students will be placed at the appropriate level of study by a faculty member of their primary instrument during their first semester in the program. After successfully completing MUS 372, music therapy majors may elect to use their remaining 2 credits of lessons to study one or more of the clinical instruments (i.e., piano, guitar, voice, percussion). Students have the option of combining half hour lessons in their primary and/or any of the clinical instruments listed above. Music therapy majors are encouraged to take .5 credits (i.e., a half hour lesson) on each of the clinical instruments before beginning internship.