Music Therapy, M.A.
Graduate Studies

The Master of Arts in Music Therapy program prepares students to practice music therapy at an advanced level in a range of clinical settings.

Immaculata’s M.A. in Music Therapy program provides extensive breadth and depth of training in the musical, clinical, and theoretical components of the music therapy discipline, emphasizing psychotherapeutic practices in the upper division. This program is designed to prepare you in a developmental sequence of learning that will prepare you to be excellent clinicians and leaders in the field, culminating with advanced supervision, final project, and if desired, completion of the educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania.

MASTER OF ARTS IN MUSIC THERAPY – 60 Credits

Designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in music (or related field), but have not yet studied Music Therapy.

Program Overview

The 60-credit degree program designed specifically for students who wish to complete music therapy training (attaining MT-BC eligibility) at the graduate level. These students possess an undergraduate degree in music (or related field), but have not yet studied Music Therapy.

A career in music therapy offers you the opportunity to use your music skills to help people to attain an improved quality of life. Music therapists work in a variety of settings and with many different populations, offering you the potential to explore a wide range of career paths. Some examples of music therapy jobs are:

  • People with Special Needs: children or adults with ASD, developmental delays, educational facilities
  • Medical Settings: Neurological or physical rehabilitation, oncology, pediatrics
  • Mental Health Settings: Inpatient or partial hospitalization, correctional and forensic facilities, substance abuse treatment centers
  • Community and School Settings: At-risk adolescents, mental health, wellness
  • Assisted Living & End of Life: Skilled Nursing facilities, Hospice, Palliative Care

Learning Experience at the Entry Level

The entry level training leading to certification offers:

  • Strong academic courses based on current literature, best practices, ethics, cultural diversity, and a variety of approaches used in current practice
  • Small class sizes focused on individualized learning in a graduate level cohort
  • Individual lessons in guitar, voice, and piano, all focused on developing music therapy skills and repertoire
  • Placements in a minimum of three different clinical settings with a variety of clients
  • Individual internships with supportive supervision onsite and with IU professors
  • Convenient class times designed to meet the needs of working professionals
  • Solid preparation to use different kinds of music therapy experiences with clients, such as singing, playing instruments, improvising, writing songs, listening to music and verbal discussion.
  • Coursework and internship preparation for LPC licensure in Pennsylvania

Required Courses

Students entering the program through standard entry level admission, and who are not prepared to pass the diagnostic functional music skills proficiency examination, must complete one or more of the following courses (on a repeatable basis), until the necessary skills can be demonstrated. (Note: credit through these courses may count toward, and may surpass, required elective credits within the degree):

  • MUT 530 Music Skills for Therapy – Piano 1
  • MUT 532 Music Skills for Therapy – Guitar 1
  • MUT 534 Music Skills for Therapy – Voice 1

Required Courses

  • MUT 500Theoretical Orientations to Music Therapy Clinical Practice 3
  • MUT 502Theories and Processes in Music Therapy Practice 3
  • MUT 504Theories and Practices in Medical Music Therapy 3
  • MUT 506Theories and Practices in Psychiatric Music Therapy 3
  • MUT 608Ethical and Professional Orientation in Music Therapy 2
  • MUT 609Music Therapy Practice with Diverse Populations 2
  • MUT 512-514Clinical Training: Integrating Theory & Practice 3
  • MUT 524Graduate Internship I 2
  • MUT 525Graduate Internship II 2
  • GEN 501Human Development 3
  • COUN 600Research & Program Evaluation 3
  • COUN 604Group Process 3
  • COUN 608Psychopathology 3
  • COUN 609Career and Vocational Counseling 3
  • COUN XXX Counseling Elective 3

ADVANCED MUSIC THERAPY CLINICAL SKILLS, PROFESSIONAL SKILLS, & RESEARCH APPROACHES
(Choose 12 credits from the following)

  • MUT 600 Music and Imagery in Clinical Practice 2
  • MUT 601 Advanced Resource Development 2
  • MUT 603 Clinical Improvisation in Music Therapy 2
  • MUT 606 Songs in Psychotherapy 2
  • MUT 613 Music Biofeedback Research 2
  • MUT 642 Clinical Assessment in Music Therapy* 2
  • MUT 643 Integration of Verbal and Music Skills in Music Therapy* 2
  • MUT 646 Music Therapy Research 2
  • *Course required for LPC Track

ADVANCED CLINICAL TRAINING

  • MUT 610 Advanced Music Therapy Practicum 1
  • MUT 621 Advanced Music Therapy Internship I 1
  • MUT 622Advanced Music Therapy Internship II 1
  • MUT 630Advanced Music Skills for Therapy 1
  • MUT 599Comprehensive Exam in Music Therapy 0
  • MUT 690Culminating Project in Music Therapy 3

MASTERS OF ARTS IN MUSIC THERAPY  – 48 Credits

Designed for music therapists (MT-BC) who wish to develop advanced skills in music therapy clinical practice.

Program Overview

The 48-credit degree program is specially designed for music therapists (MT-BC) who wish to develop advanced skills in music therapy clinical practice (upper division), with a special emphasis on music-centered psychotherapy and advanced therapeutic techniques for medical, mental health, and didactic settings.

Program Features

  • Opportunities for study in related fields including counseling and healthcare administration, including an optional double degree in MT & Mental Health Counseling
  • Tuition discount for active fieldwork supervisors of Immaculata University students
  • Convenient class times designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals, including opportunities for low-residency completion
  • Coursework and internship preparation for LPC licensure in Pennsylvania
  • A comprehensive knowledge of client assessment and cultural diversity
  • Strong focus on the integration of counseling and music techniques
  • Advanced clinical supervision focused on the application of theory, clinical approaches, and supervision techniques
  • Gain skills to practice music therapy with greater self-awareness, and engage in ongoing personal development
  • Development of advanced music skills through coursework and individual lessons
  • Opportunities for self-reflection and the development of your unique talents

Required Courses

Required Courses (LPC Concentration)

  • MUT 608 Ethical and Professional Orientation in Music Therapy 2
  • MUT 609 Music Therapy Practice with Diverse Populations 2
  • GEN 501 Human Development 3
  • COUN 600 Research & Program Development 3
  • +COUN 604 Group Process 3
  • +COUN 608 Psychopathology 3
  • +COUN 609 Career and Vocational Counseling 3
  • +COUN XXX Counseling Electives 9

+ Students pursuing the professional track may substitute these courses with electives

Advanced Music Therapy clinical skills, professional skills, and research approaches (Choose 12 credits from the following)

  • MUT 600 Music and Imagery in Clinical Practice 2
  • MUT 601 Advanced Resource Development 2
  • MUT 603 Clinical Improvisation in Music Therapy 2
  • MUT 606 Songs in Psychotherapy 2
  • MUT 613 Music Biofeedback Research 2
  • MUT 642 Clinical Assessment in Music Therapy* 2
  • MUT 643 Integration of Verbal and Music Skills in Music Therapy* 2
  • MUT 646 Music Therapy Research 2
  • *Course required for LPC Track

Advanced Clinical Training

  • MUT 610 Advanced Music Therapy Practicum 1
  • MUT 621 Advanced Music Therapy Internship I 1
  • MUT 622 Advanced Music Therapy Internship II 1
  • MUT 630 Advanced Music Skills for Therapy 2
  • MUT 599 Comprehensive Exam in Music Therapy 0
  • MUT 690 Culminating Project in Music Therapy 3

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).

Course Schedule

Graduate courses offered from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm weekday evenings to accommodate students who are working. Advanced (600 level) music therapy courses offered on weekends in intensive format (students must be prepared to spend one to four weekends on campus per semester. Students pursuing the professional track can take advantage of online options for general and elective study.

Double Degree Option

Students interested in pursuing a career in Counseling and Music Therapy may be eligible to pursue both degrees at a significantly reduced credit load. Graduate music therapy students with advanced standing may apply to the CACREP-approved Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and pursue the double degree for 12 additional credits beyond the 60 (48+12) credit LPC Track MAMT degree. Students in the Equivalency Track may apply to pursue the double degree for an additional 30 credits. Students accepted into the double degree program are required to complete BOTH an advanced internship in Music Therapy and an internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

State Licensure in PA

Students pursuing the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania must complete 3600 hours of supervised, clinical practice following completion of graduate study. Because the overall course of study must include a minimum of 60 graduate credits, students admitted with advanced standing must elect a minimum of 12 additional credits beyond the 48 required for their degree. The student must also have successfully passed the Music Therapy Board Certification exam. For further information, refer to the Licensure section of this Handbook and Pennsylvania law

Audition Requirements

  1. Performance of one piece on the applicant’s primary instrument. Typically pieces from “classical” or Jazz traditions suffice, but other options may be included in accordance with the applicant’s undergraduate concentration or personal musical work. An accompanist is not required, and pieces do not need to be performed from memory.

  2. Demonstration of existing skills in piano and guitar. Typically, we ask for six pieces from the “popular” music literature (for example, children’s songs, pop music from the 1960s to present, folk music, religious music, and show tunes) where three songs should be performed on piano and three on guitar, including one children’s song on each instrument. Diversity in musical style is encouraged. Memorization is welcomed but not necessary.

Please note that in addition to auditioning for program entrance, the musical requirements above serve  an evaluation of existing skills so that faculty may make recommendations towards achievement of functional music skills needed for music therapy practice. Therefore, if prospective students have limited experience on one or more above instruments, they are still encouraged to pursue admission. Please contact the program director for more information.

Admission

An applicant who has completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree with the appropriate prerequisite coursework from an accredited institution with the may apply for admission to a master’s level program. Students may be required to take undergraduate courses to meet admission requirements prior to acceptance into a graduate program.

Applications are accepted year-round for the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. The following materials must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies:

  1. Completed Application Form: the application may be submitted online.
  2. Two Recommendations: appraising the applicant’s personal and professional qualities as well as capability for graduate study. Reference forms can be found here.
  3. Official Transcript: from each undergraduate and graduate school attended. Transcripts may be sent directly from the college or university electronically or by mail. Immaculata’s National Student Clearinghouse ID number is 00327600ga.
    Email: gradadmission@immaculata.edu
    Address: 1145 King Road, Immaculata, PA 19345
  4. Goals Statement: a one page essay discussing your professional goals and how graduate study at Immaculata will help you achieve those goals.
  5. Program Interview: Eligible candidates will be invited to an in-person interview.

 

Financial Aid

Graduate Students may be eligible for $20,500 in Stafford Unsubsidized loans per aid year. Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 credits per semester to be eligible to receive a federal student loan.

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Student Spotlight

From the moment I inquired about the program, from day one, I felt totally supported by the faculty...I am very glad that I took a leap of faith to do it.

Course Preview

Clinical Improvisation in Music Therapy

This course provides an overview of the theory, literature, and practice of vocal and instrumental models and methods of individual and group improvisation as they relate to advanced clinical practice. Pertinent clinical improvisation techniques will be presented and practiced in class. Students will learn to assess and evaluate individual and group levels of functioning in order to structure and facilitate 93 improvisations to treat various populations, taking into consideration their cultures, ages, functioning levels, and therapeutic needs.

Music Biofeedback Research

Students are trained in fundamental concepts of bio-guided music therapy, providing a rationale and theoretical basis for understanding how music therapy treatments affect the physiological manifestations of stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, ADHD, and other disorders. In workshop format, students participate in live experiences to create musical environments and measure real-time physiological output of muscle tension, heart-rate, skin conductance and EEG brainwaves.

Client Assessment in Music Therapy

Students advance their knowledge of client assessment in music therapy, survey the music therapy assessment literature and design an assessment tool relevant to their clinical practice.

Songs in Psychotherapy

This course provides an overview of the theory, literature, and practice of the use of pre-composed, composed, and improvised songs in individual and group psychotherapy. Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of how to assess and evaluate clients using advanced techniques that incorporate song forms. Students will develop methods for the use of receptive and creative techniques with songs with different populations, cultures, and in various clinical settings from sing-a-longs and supportive therapy to group and individual psychodynamic therapy.

Grant Writing in Music Therapy

This course introduces students to the basics of grantsmanship to fund both music therapy programs and research. Students practice their skills through preparing an original proposal to submit to a funding agency. Instruction will include strategies to search for and match programs/projects with appropriate funders, finding collaborators, writing a strong proposal, and preparing compelling presentations to potential funders.

Integration of Verbal and Music Skills

Students further their knowledge of integrating verbal dialogue and music interventions in music therapy clinical practice. Students develop a range of verbal techniques through experiential exercises and learn to verbally process musical interventions related to singing, improvising, composing, and receptive experiences in music therapy. A range of theoretical perspectives are presented to contextualize verbal processing in music therapy.

I was thrilled to find that I could begin the Master’s Degree program at the lower level and complete my certification at Immaculata University. I was then able to complete the upper level course work to complete my Master’s Degree in music therapy. I received excellent supervision and opportunities for practicum trainings and I supported in developing a site for internship. It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend the program!

Abigail Peace, MA., MT-BC

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