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Music Therapy, M.A., M.M.T.C.

Gain the knowledge, skills and qualities to practice music therapy at an advanced level in a range of clinical settings.

Immaculata’s master’s programs provide extensive training in the musical, clinical, and theoretical components of music therapy, allowing you to use your music skills to help people improve their quality of life. Courses feature student-centered, individualized learning with a focus on direct application of theory to clinical practice.

  • The Master of Music Therapy and Counseling (M.M.T.C.) emphasizes psychotherapeutic practices that integrate mental health counseling and music therapy.This degree fulfills the academic requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania.
  • The Master of Arts in Music Therapy (M.A.M.T.) focuses on professional practice in music therapy.

If you have a bachelor’s degree outside of music therapy (e.g. B.Mus., B.A. in Music, B.A. in Psychology with music studies), choose from these program tracks:

  • Equivalency M.M.T.C. (60 credits)
  • Equivalency M.A.M.T. (60 credits)

These equivalency programs provide the coursework needed for equivalent music therapy training without having to earn a second bachelor’s degree. You will take graduate-level courses and gain both the bachelor’s-level professional competencies and advanced competencies required by the American Music Therapy Association.

The 48-credit advanced program (available as part of either the MAMT or MMTC degree) is designed for accredited music therapists (MT-BC) who wish to develop advanced skills in music therapy clinical practice.

At A Glance

Program: Master of Arts or Master of Music Therapy and Counseling
Audience: Graduate students
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: May 20, 2024
Cost: $710/credit
Time to Completion Varies by program (4-8 semesters)

“I was able to grow interpersonally, enhance my clinical skills and refine my approach to clinical practice, making my experience in the graduate Music Therapy program a truly invaluable one.”

Kathleen Summers

In a survey of graduate alumni from the past five years, 100% of respondents reported employment in music therapy following graduation.

Our graduates work as clinicians in the following settings:

  • Health care facilities: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Willow Tree Hospice, Friends Hospital, Reading Hospital
  • Behavioral health care: Pennsylvania Counseling Services, Penn Medicine Princeton House, Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, Northbrook Behavioral Health Hospital, Onward Behavioral Health Programs, White Deer Run Addiction Rehab, ReMed brain injury rehabilitation services
  • Music therapy agencies: Tempo! Music Therapy Services, Music Works, Great Lakes Music Company

Our equivalency students’ 2023 first-time music therapy certification exam pass rate was above average at 75%, compared with a national average of 69%. 

  • Take evening and weekend courses, allowing you to work during the day.
  • Study current research, best practices, ethics, cultural diversity and a variety of theoretical approaches.
  • Learn from faculty who maintain their own clinical practice and share their experiences with students.
  • Practice your skills in an on-campus clinic where faculty support students in providing music therapy services to community members.
  • Participate in workshops offered to students and alumni. Immaculata is an approved continuing education provider through the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
  • Equivalency students can obtain board certification during their course sequence and begin their music therapy career before graduation.

Immaculata’s M.M.T.C. programs meet the educational requirements for counseling licensure in Pennsylvania. To pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential, you must complete supervised professional practice following your graduate studies. Currently, Pennsylvania accepts the Music Therapy Board Exam as an entrance examination for professional counseling licensure. For further information, refer to the Licensure section of this handbook and Pennsylvania law.

You assume responsibility for ensuring that you meet all requirements for licensure, including payment of state fees. To pursue licensure outside Pennsylvania, follow the regulations and procedures stipulated by those jurisdictions and verify that your graduate studies in music therapy

If you are interested in a career in counseling and music therapy with greater opportunities for licensure portability, you may pursue both degrees at a significantly reduced credit load. Graduate music therapy students with advanced standing may apply to Immaculata’s CACREP-accredited Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and pursue the dual degree for a total of 74 credits, with a required internship in clinical mental health counseling. Earning a CACREP-accredited M.A. makes you eligible to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and simplifies the licensure process.

Immaculata University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the music therapy programs are approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Please submit the application materials required for admission to Immaculata’s master’s programs. GRE test scores are not required.

Arrange an audition and interview with the program director. Each audition has three components: 

  1. Perform one piece on your primary instrument, typically a piece from the “classical” tradition. Jazz standards or other nontraditional pieces may also be included according to your undergraduate concentration. An accompanist is not required, and pieces do not need to be performed from memory.
  2. Demonstrate existing skills in piano and guitar through singing and playing six pieces (three songs on piano and three on guitar) from “popular” music literature (for example, children’s songs, pop music from the 1960s to present, folk music, religious music and show tunes). Diversity in musical style is encouraged. Memorization is welcomed but not necessary. Students pursuing an advanced degree will engage in a discussion about clinical applications for their musical selections.
  3. Answer questions in an interview about your application and your academic, personal and professional goals.

The musical requirements above also serve as an evaluation of your existing skills so that faculty may make recommendations to help you achieve functional music skills for music therapy practice. Therefore, if you have limited experience on one or more above instruments, you are still encouraged to pursue admission. Please contact the program director for more information.

Your education is one of the most significant investments you can make, and we are proud that Immaculata’s graduate music therapy programs are some of the most affordable of their kind in the region.

You may qualify for $20,500 in Stafford Unsubsidized loans per aid year or for a graduate assistantship. Find out more about financial aid.

You may be eligible for a tuition discount if your employer partners with Immaculata or if you are a board-certified music therapist who supervises fieldwork for IU students.


Corey Olver, PhD, MT-BC, LPC, ACS

Director of Graduate Music Therapy

Faculty Center 15
(610) 647-4400 3490

Student Spotlight

Having the opportunity to practice music therapy while touring and performing is the best of both worlds for Christine Gallagher.

The equivalency programs provide the coursework needed for equivalent music therapy training without having to earn a second bachelor’s degree.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and board certification as a music therapist (MT-BC), choose one of the advanced tracks.

Equivalency M.A.M.T. and M.M.T.C.

Our equivalency programs offer a graduate-level education in music therapy that allows you to become a practicing music therapist during your course of study. After your internships, you are eligible to take the board certification exam to become a music therapist (MT-BC) and complete your remaining semesters as a practicing professional. In this advanced portion of the program, you apply your classroom learning directly to your clinical practice, offering you a unique opportunity for supported learning as you begin your career.

Whether you have a music degree or need to take music prerequisite courses, we welcome students with diverse academic backgrounds. Prerequisite (or corequisite) courses include:

  • Music courses in theory, aural skills and history
  • Competency in guitar, piano and voice
  • Applied music study with ensemble experience
  • Basic statistics course for the social sciences
  • Human anatomy course
  • World music course

Our graduate program prepares you to work with many different client groups, such as:

  • People with special needs or disabilities: children or adults with autism spectrum disorder or developmental or intellectual differences
  • 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: centers for at-risk adolescents, wellness centers
  • Assisted living and end-of-life settings: skilled nursing facilities, hospice, palliative care

Equivalency Program Highlights

  • Take individual lessons in guitar, voice and piano to develop your music therapy skills and repertoire.
  • Complete 200 hours of faculty-supervised fieldwork in a minimum of three different clinical settings.
  • Learn to use different kinds of music therapy experiences with clients, such as singing, playing instruments, improvising, writing songs, listening to music and verbal discussion.
  • Prepare for the music therapy certification exam through workshops and materials. Our students’ 2023 first-time certification exam pass rate was above average at 75%, compared with a national average of 69%.
  • Obtain your board certification during your coursework and begin your music therapy career before graduation.

Required Courses

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


  • MUT 600 Music and Imagery in Clinical Practice
  • MUT 601 Advanced Resource Development
  • MUT 603 Clinical Improvisation in Music Therapy
  • MUT 606 Songs in Psychotherapy
  • MUT 613 Music Biofeedback Research
  • MUT 614 Grant Writing and Program Development in Music Therapy
  • MUT 617 Mindfulness and Self-Care
  • MUT 626 Vocal Psychotherapy
  • MUT 642 Clinical Assessment in Music Therapy
  • MUT 643 Integration of Verbal and Music Skills in Music Therapy
  • MUT 645 Advanced Technology for Music Therapy
  • MUT 646 Music Therapy Research


  • MUT 621 Advanced Music Therapy Internship
  • MUT 625 Clinical Supervision and Administration
  • MUT 630 Advanced Music Skills for Therapy
  • MUT 599 Comprehensive Exam in Music Therapy
  • MUT 690 Culminating Project in Music Therapy

Students who require support to pass the diagnostic functional music skills proficiency examination must complete one or more of the following courses (on a repeatable basis). 

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

Advanced M.A.M.T. and M.M.T.C.

The 48-credit degree program is specially designed for music therapists (MT-BC) who wish to develop advanced skills in therapeutic techniques for medical, mental health, and didactic settings.

Program Highlights

  • Opportunities for study in related fields including counseling and healthcare administration, including an optional dual degree in music therapy and clinical mental health counseling
  • Tuition discount for active fieldwork supervisors of Immaculata University students
  • Opportunities for low-residency completion to accommodate the needs of working professionals
  • In-depth training in client assessment and cultural diversity
  • Advanced clinical supervision focused on the application of theory, clinical approaches, and supervision techniques
  • 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 Evaluation 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 (not seeking their LPC) may substitute these courses with electives.


  • 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 614 Grant Writing and Program Development in Music Therapy 2
  • MUT 630 Advanced Music Skills for Therapy 1
  • MUT 642 Clinical Assessment in Music Therapy* 2
  • MUT 643 Integration of Verbal and Music Skills in Music Therapy* 2
  • MUT 645 Advanced Technology for 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 599 Comprehensive Exam in Music Therapy 0
  • MUT 690 Culminating Project in Music Therapy 3
Professor with student playing keyboard

Dan Benonis ’13, ’15 M.A. uses the unique power of music to connect with a range of clients—from people on the autism spectrum to those with substance use disorders—and guide them toward healing.

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