Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
Music therapy helps clients who have therapeutic needs to develop skills, adapt behavior, and overcome obstacles in their lives. Music therapists use different kinds of musical experiences, such as singing, playing instruments, writing songs, and listening to and talking about music, to meet clients’ needs using the unique relationship between the client, the music and the therapist.
At Immaculata, you take music, music therapy and psychology courses in a liberal arts program. These courses develop your core musicianship, your clinical skills, and your understanding of the psychology of music and psychopathology. At the conclusion of the program, you may take the Music Therapy Board Certification exam (MT-BC) of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). We provide exam preparation sessions, and we have a high first-time pass rate (90 percent in 2011, well above the national average).
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The program is designed to produce graduates who are proficient in:
- Assessing clients for music therapy
- Developing treatment goals
- Designing session plans
- Evaluating sessions
- Working with individual clients and groups
- Using guitar, voice and piano therapeutically
- Using songs and instrumental music, improvise, use music listening experiences, and write music for therapeutic purposes
- Working at a supportive level, helping clients to develop skills, promote learning, and adapt behavior
Why study music therapy at Immaculata?
- The music therapy program at Immaculata is more than 30 years old. E-How.com ranked our program in the top 10 in the country.
- Our faculty bring more than 30 years of combined clinical experience into the classroom, along with research and publication experience.
- We provide training and mentorship, encouraging you in your musical, therapeutic, and personal growth, and preparing you for professional life.
- Students learn how music therapy applies to diverse clinical populations, including children with special needs, people with medical or psychiatric problems, and adults in hospice or palliative care.
- Students complete supervised internships in different clinical settings to observe, assist, and lead music therapy sessions.
- Students can participate in a range of co-curricular activities and enrichment programs, including the Music Therapy Club, regional and national conferences, and national and international guest presentations.
- Immaculata also offers a master's degree in music therapy.
After I finish my degree, where can I work?
Music therapists work in a wide variety of clinical and educational settings: hospitals, psychiatric institutions, nursing homes, community mental health centers, prisons, schools, private practice, and hospice facilities.
As the profession continues to grow, there is an increasing demand for music therapists with clinical experience and advanced degrees to serve as advanced practice clinicians, particularly in psychiatric settings and hospitals. Immaculata receives many requests for assistance in finding music therapists to fill positions, and these are shared with interns and graduates. Professional job listings are published bimonthly by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
The Music Therapy program at Immaculata is accredited by the National Association for Schools of Music (NASM), the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).
At the undergraduate level, music therapists are eligible to sit for the Board Certification exam (MT-BC), administered through CBMT, leading to a nationally acknowledged credential.