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Music Therapy Master's Curriculum

Professional Licensure and National Certification Prerequisites and Degree Requirements
Prerequisites and Degree Requirements

Professional Licensure and National Certification

Overview

The MA in Music Therapy program is approved by the New York State Education Department and qualifies the student for Licensure in Creative Arts Therapy (LCAT) in New York State after 1500 hours of post graduate supervised practice.

The program is also approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and upon graduation qualifies a student to apply for national certification in music therapy (MT-BC).

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Music Therapy is an on-campus program that places students in supervised field experiences within New York State (NYS). NYU is authorized pursuant to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) to enroll students in supervised field experiences in the SARA states and territories. For further details regarding NYU's SARA membership please visit the NYU State Authorization website. SARA requires universities to disclose to applicants and students whether programs that lead to professional licensure meet licensure requirements in those states in which students are doing learning placements. If you are interested in having a placement or gaining licensure in a state other than New York, please contact Ken Aigen (ka5@nyu.edu).

Prerequisites and Degree Requirements

MA students who have no previous music therapy certification complete a maximum of 60 credits. Students who are already certified complete 48 credits for New York State licensure.

The number of credits is contingent upon evaluation and advisement; each student is assigned an adviser at the beginning of the first semester of study. In order to ensure that students meet required pre-requisites and competencies, faculty evaluate applicants’ background at the audition/interview before enrollment, as well as after the first year of study. In this way, we can tailor the course of study to the student's needs and ensure that students meet program objectives and competencies.

 Program prerequisites are:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Advanced Primary Instrument Competencies
  • Entry Level Keyboard competencies
  • Entry Level Guitar competencies
  • Entry Level Voice competencies
  • Entry Level Theory and History Competencies

Program of Study

Course descriptions

Professional Competency Courses: 17-29 Credits*

AMTA Professional Competencies are offered in 17-29 credits of coursework. Students’ entry-level competencies are reassessed after each semester of the first year of the program.

Professional Competency Courses: 17-29 Credits* 
Course # Course Title Credits

MPAMT-GE 2931

Music Therapy: Advanced Theory and Methods I

3 credits

MPAMT-GE 2932 Music Therapy: Advanced Theory and Methods II 3 credits
MPAMT-GE 2043

Music Therapy Practicum: Children and Adolescents

3 credits

MPAMT-GE 2053

Music Therapy Practicum: Adults and Elderly

3 credits
MPAMT-GE 2934

Clinical Improvisation in Music Therapy

2 credits

MPAMT-GE 2947

Group Music Therapy I

2 credits

MPAMT-GE 2948 Group Music Therapy II 2 credits
MPAMT-GE 2935 Internship in Music Therapy 5 credits
MPAMT-GE 2933 Music Therapy Research 3 credits
Electives

By Advisement to augment entry-level competency

3 credits

Advanced Competency Courses: 31 Credits (all students take 31 credits of Advanced Coursework)

Music Psychotherapy Specialization
Music Psychotherapy Specialization 
Course # Course Title Credits
MPAMT-GE 2938 Key Concepts in Music Therapy I 3 credits
MPAMT-GE 2942

Key Concepts in Music Therapy II

3 credits

MPAMT-GE 2943 Theory Development in Music Therapy 3 credits
MPAMT-GE 2949 Music Therapy Thesis 2 credits
MPAMT-GE 2936

Internship in Music Therapy

5 credits

Music Development and Personal Growth
 Music Development and Personal Growth
Course # Course Title Credits
MPAMT-GE 2941

Theory and Application of Improvisation in Music Therapy

3 credits

MPAMT-GE 2940 Advanced Practices of Improvisation In Music Therapy 3 credits
MPAMT-GE 2947

Music Therapy Group I

2 credits
MPAMT-GE 2948

Music Therapy Group II

2 credits
MPAMT-GE 2062

Clinical Vocal Improvisation

2 credits

Online Course Identification and Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse/Maltreatment 0 credits
Music Therapy Electives
Music Therapy Electives 
Course # Course Title Credits
MPAMT-GE 2945 Developing Presentations and Publications in Music Therapy

3 credits

MPAMT-GE 2944 Contemporary Music Therapy Theory

3 credits

Additional Lectures and Workshops: Offered periodically throughout the year and open to all students in the program. These are given by music psychotherapists who are skilled in various aspects of clinical improvisation and music psychotherapy.

Total Points Required: 60**

Basic competence in music theory and history is a prerequisite for all graduate degree programs in music. Entering graduate students are required to take the graduate theory and history placement exams.

 *Students may elect to take the program full or part time
 
**Students with prior music therapy certification (MT-BC or the international equivalent) may through interview and audition be excused from as many as 12 points of the required MA program.