Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Music Therapy

Music Therapy Audition/Interview


All prospective students must be interviewed and auditioned by a committee of the Music Therapy faculty. Prerequisites for the Clinical Advanced Training Program at NYU include:

1. Musical Foundations

Technical competence on piano, guitar, and voice.
Flexibility of style on these instruments 
Ability to improvise 
Music Theory 
Music History

2. Psychology Study *

Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology

3. Practical work or volunteer experience with individuals who have mental, physical, and emotional problems.

4. Personal awareness and willingness to examine oneself for the purpose of helping others.

* It is recommended that psychology prerequisites be taken prior to the first semester. They must be completed prior to starting internship.

A prospective student is not expected to have all the prerequisites to apply for training. However, students are selected who will be able to attain these skills by the end of the first stage of training.

For the audition, candidates should prepare to play their major instrument, piano and guitar. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their technical ability, expressive range, and familiarity with different musical styles with each of these instruments. Ability to sight read, improvise, and play by ear are all evaluated during the audition. Candidates will also be asked to sing and accompany themselves on a harmonic instrument.

The verbal interview involves discussion of the student's educational and professional background, professional or volunteer experience with client populations, knowledge about the profession of Music Therapy, and readiness for advanced music therapy training.

Application deadline: January 5, 2015

Financial aid (FAFSA) deadline (do not wait to be accepted to apply for financial aid): February 1, 2015 

Audition date: February 22, 2015

Contact Music Therapy at 212 998 5452 for more information.