The Graduate Music Therapy Department provides a unique educational experience for students interested in establishing or advancing a career in music therapy. The Master of Arts programs prepare students to practice music therapy at an advanced level, with a special emphasis on music-centered psychotherapy.
The 60-credit Master of Arts provides a comprehensive program of education and training for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g. music, music education, psychology, etc.) and wish to become Board-Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC).
The 48-credit Master of Arts provides advanced theoretical, clinical and musical knowledge and skills for those who already have the MT-BC credential and wish to develop advanced clinical practice skills, with a special emphasis on music-centered psychotherapy.
Both programs fulfill the educational requirements for a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania (LPC).
What is music therapy?
Music therapy helps clients to develop skills, adapt behavior, and overcome obstacles in their lives. Music therapists use different kinds of musical experiences, such as singing, improvising, 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 will take music therapy and psychology courses in your degree program. Music therapy courses focus on the theory and practice of the field, including courses in clinical improvisation, music and imagery, research and ethics. Psychology courses focus on advancing your understanding of human development and psychopathology.
Download a suggested reading list to learn more about the field.