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Music Therapy Internship Program

Internships: Community Engagement

As a student in the Music Therapy MA program you are preparing to meet the requirements of the American Music Therapy Association. The Master of Arts in Music Therapy program is approved by the AMTA. To meet these requirements, you will complete minimum of 1200 hours of clinical training in pre-internship and internship experiences in a variety of clinical settings, and earn 16 internship credits.

First Year Music Therapy Practicum and Pre-internship

During your first semester, you will register for MPAMT-GE 2043 Music Therapy Practicum: Children and Adolescents (3 credits) where you will have supervised music therapy clinical practice with children and adolescents with mental, physical and/or emotional challenges 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 clients.

In your second semester, you will take MPAMT-GE 2053 Music Therapy Practicum: Adults and Elderly (3 credits) and continue your clinical training in an adult placement. The combination of theory, in-class training, and fieldwork will prepare you for your internship in your second year.

Music Therapy Clinical Internships

Starting in your second year you will take Internship in Music Therapy MPAMT-GE 2935 (5 credits in the fall semester) and MPAMT-GE 2936 (5 credits in the spring semester) You will choose from a list of pre-approved sites, and interview for internship positions. You can expect to work in hospitals, outpatient centers, rehabilitation facilities, community organizations, schools, and private mental health clinics. Our site placements include such sites as:

  • All Abilities Center-NYC
  • Bellevue Hospital
  • Blythdale Children’s Hospital
  • Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
  • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
  • Cooke School and Institute
  • Creative Arts Practice
  • Elizabeth Seaton
  • Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone
  • Heartshare
  • Hebrew Home at Riverdale
  • iBrain
  • Jewish Home Geriatric Care
  • Kravis Children’s Hospital
  • Kings County Hospital Center
  • Komensky Children’s Hospital
  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Louis Armstrong Department For Music Therapy ~Mount Sinai NY
  • Manhattan Star Academy
  • Maimonides Hospital
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Menorah Nursing Home/Rehab Center
  • Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
  • Music for Life
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/ Correctional Health Services (CHS) Rikers Island
  • NYU Langone New York
  • NYU Langone Brooklyn
  • New York Presbyterian Columbia Hospital
  • Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy
  • Richmond Music Center
  • Rebecca School
  • Titus School
  • Veterans Hospital (New York and Brooklyn)
  • Westchester Conservatory of Music
  • Woodhull Medical Center

In conjunction with your clinical internship placement, you will meet weekly for the Music Therapy Internship Seminar.  Each section of this course is limited to 8 students, and is run by a faculty member who is in contact with your site supervisor and visiting supervisor. In your clinical internships, you will increasingly take on the therapeutic leadership including leading groups and individual sessions, becoming part of the clinical team, writing progress notes, and generally functioning as a therapist under the guidance of your on-site supervisors.

To help you get started with your internship and for more information, contact:
Judi Rubin-Bosco, MA, MT-BC LCAT
Music Therapy Internship Coordinator