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Lillian Eyre, Ph.D., MT-BC, MTA, LPC
Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery
Associate Professor of Music Therapy
Director of Music Therapy
leyre@immaculata.edu
610-647-4400 ext. 3490
 

 

Program Overview

Immaculata's M.A. in Music Therapy offers extensive training in musical and clinical knowledge and skills for students interested in establishing or advancing a career in music therapy. Your courses, offered during evenings and weekends, will focus on clinical improvisation, music and imagery, songs in psychotherapy, music biofeedback research, client assessment, ethics, human development and psychopathology.

The program fulfills the academic requirements for you to become a board-certified music therapist and a Pennsylvania licensed professional counselor.

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.

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.  

Download a suggested reading list to learn more about the field.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes taught by faculty mentors with a wide range of clinical experience and published works
  • A range of research opportunities, including your own culminating project
  • Individual instruction in piano, voice, and guitar to help you develop clinical music skills
  • Hands-on lab experience collecting physiological and electroencephalographic data about clients’ responses to music
  • More than 35-year-old program with a dynamic, innovative tradition
  • A variety of enrichment programs, including the Jamaica Field Service Project
  • Complete an optional 15-credit graduate certificate in addiction studies
  • Opportunities for grant writing and advocacy experience

60-credit Program

You can qualify for the board certification exam after 18 months in the program and finish your master’s degree in three years.

  • Learn how music therapy applies to diverse clinical populations, including children with special needs, people with medical conditions, adolescents and adults with psychiatric problems, retired adults, and adults in hospice or palliative care.
  • Develop your clinical musicianship, learning how to use guitar, piano, voice and your major instrument (e.g. clarinet) in different clinical settings.
  • Experience different clinical settings to observe, assist, and lead music therapy sessions with different client groups, under the supervision of a board-certified music therapist.
  • Receive help preparing for the board certification (CBMT) exam

48-credit Program

You can complete this program in two years.

  • Learn advanced music therapy methods and techniques in improvisation, music and imagery, and song use.
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of client assessment.
  • Receive advanced clinical supervision.
  • Take advanced music skills courses, tailored to your needs, to enhance clinical practice.

Career Potential

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, particularly in psychiatric settings and hospitals, for music therapists with clinical experience and advanced degrees. Immaculata receives many requests for assistance in finding music therapists to fill positions, and these are shared with students in the program. Professional job listings are also published bimonthly by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (MAR-AMTA).

Tuition and Costs

After completing one year in the M.A. program, students are eligible to apply for merit scholarships and assistantships, both offering tuition reimbursement.

Learn more about tuition and how to apply for financial aid.

Curriculum

See the course sequence sheets for the 60-credit program and the 48-credit program.

Internships

Full-time and part-time internships are offered in a wide variety of clinical settings, under close supervision. Students must complete a minimum of 1,000 hours for their internship.

Accreditation

The Master of Arts in Music Therapy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). For further information on music therapy (including educational guidelines), consult AMTA’s website

Admission Requirements

Students who come into our Music Therapy program are looking to combine their love of music with a desire to help others, and they are often interested in psychology, medicine and/or philosophy.

Being intellectually curious is very important. Opening yourself to new theories and ideas is essential in your development as a music therapist, as are your writing and critical thinking abilities. 

Being a competent musician is also very important. You need to be well-rounded musically in order to reach others through singing and playing, improvising and moving to music. During your training, you will develop guitar, piano and vocal skills in a range of styles such as rock, folk, country, oldies, kids’ songs and sometimes even your own compositions.

Finally, being in good mental and physical health is very important. You need the motivation, maturity and creativity to work with people who have a wide range of needs. This means adapting to different settings and people, being open to supervision and feedback, and having the emotional fortitude to “be there” for someone. The best therapists have often used music to help or heal themselves—they know first-hand what it’s like to use music therapeutically, and what it’s like to overcome life’s challenges.

Applying to the program

After applying to the College of Graduate Studies (CGS), you must arrange an audition and interview by emailing Dr. Eyre at leyre@immaculata.edu. Learn more about applying and auditioning. In order to be admitted into the Music Therapy program, students must be admitted into CGS and pass the graduate audition and interview.

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