Curriculum - Music Therapy

Music Therapy Course Descriptions

 Course Descriptions

MPAMT-GE 2043

Music Therapy Practicum: Children and Adolescents

Supervised music therapy clinical practice with children and adolescents with mental, physical and/or emotional problems in a variety of settings within the New York City area. A weekly seminar covers critical issues pertaining to assessment, treatment and evaluation of music therapy with these populations.

MPAMT-GE 2053

Music Therapy Practicum: Adults and Elderly

Supervised music therapy clinical practice with adults and the elderly with mental, physical and/or emotional problems in a variety of settings within the New York City area. A weekly seminar covers critical issues pertaining to assessment, treatment and evaluation of music therapy with these populations.

MPAMT-GE 2062

Vocal Improvisation

This class focuses on the use of the voice and singing in music therapy practice. Students explore the importance of the voice in a person’s development as well as the many ways to use the voice in music therapy. The students are introduced to a wide range of vocal uses and expression through improvisation and are helped to increase their spontaneity and free their natural voice


Independent Study

45 hours per point: 1-6 points.

Fall, spring, summer; hours to be arranged.

For description, see page 228 of the graduate bulletin.

MPAMT-UG 1046/

MPAMT-GE 2930

*Introduction to Music Therapy

A survey of the scope and variety of practices in the music therapy profession. Current research and methodologies. Contrasting modalities of treatment. Relationship to arts therapies, music education, special education. Of special interest to educators, performers, and art professionals.

*For non-music therapy majors.

MPAMT-GE 2931

Music Therapy: Advanced Theory and Methods I

Theoretical and methodological foundations for the use of music as therapy are explored in depth with an emphasis on work with children and adolescents. Psychological, philosophical and sociological theories of music; underlying assumptions of pathology governing treatment of populations with disabilities; relevant therapy theories and research findings in music therapy are studied.

MPAMT-GE 2932

Music Therapy: Advanced Theory and Methods II

Theoretical and methodological foundations for the use of music as therapy are explored with an emphasis on work with adults and the elderly. Established and creative techniques of music therapy, group processes, and personal resources of the music therapist are explored.

MPAMT-GE 2934

Clinical Improvisation 1

This class explores the role of music in each student’s life individually and in the life of our group and through this

develop a better understanding of how music can be used in the life of our clients. Students explore through

improvisation their personal relationship to music, music as self-expression, and music as a form of communication.

MPAMT-GE 2935,

MPAMT-GE 2936

Internship in Music Therapy

Supervised fieldwork in student’s clinical specialization area. The internship helps students develop advanced skills in music therapy practice. Seminar and independent projects included.

MPAMT-GE 2938

Music Therapy for Adults

The study of music therapy and its application to a variety of populations. Topics include: definitions; areas and levels of practice; stages of treatment; how the client therapist relationship and music therapy strategies can be applied in the major theories of psychology.

MPAMT-GE 2940

Advanced Practices of Improvisation In Music Therapy

Students will develop a deeper understanding of a music -centered approach to therapy and develop clinical improvisation skills for use in music therapy sessions. Students will learn new musical idioms and styles, how to utilize pre-composed songs and compose music for a variety of clinical populations.

MPAMT-GE 2941

Theory and Application of Improvisation in Music Therapy

The role of music and clinical improvisation in treatment will be explored for all clinical populations. Case material from each student’s clinical internship will be examined and developed. Musical resources and strategies will be developed for use in individual and group therapy.

MPAMT-GE 2942

Key Concepts in Music Therapy

This course covers theory in music therapy that derives from music-based sources and explores suitable research approaches for investigating this type of theory. Students will study music therapy theorists who base their theory on music philosophy, psychology, ethnomusicology and musicology.

MPAMT-GE 2943

Theory Development in Music Therapy

The historical development of theory and research in the field of music therapy will be examined. Students will each develop an individualized theoretical framework for the music therapy techniques and strategies that they have learned in their clinical internship.

MPAMT-GE 2947,

MPAMT-GE 2948

Music Therapy Group Experience

Students have the opportunity to explore themselves and others through music therapy experiences in small groups. Students are involved in the same group fro two semesters.

MPAMT-GE 2949

Colloquy in Music Therapy

The culminating experience for all students in the Master of Arts program in music therapy. This final written document reflects each student’s clinical specialization within the field of music psychotherapy. Students integrate what they have learned in all aspects of the program by presenting case material from their clinical experiences with supportive theory and research. After the final project/thesis is submitted and reviewed, students present their ideas to the community in a final program meeting.