Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Curriculum - Music Therapy

Curriculum - Music Therapy


Course Plan for Master's Students

This program is approved by the New York State Education Department and qualifies the student for licensure in Creative Arts Therapy (LCAT) 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).

There is a maximum of 60 credits required for MA students who have no previous music therapy certification.  For those who are already certified and entering the masters program, there is a requirement of 48 credits for New York State licensure. 

The number of credits is contingent upon evaluation and advisement; each student is assigned an advisor at the beginning of the first semester of study. In order to ensure that pre-requisites and competencies have been met, evaluations occur at the audition/interview before enrollment, as well as after the first year of study.  In this way, the course of study can be tailored to the student's needs, as well as to ensure that objectives and competencies will be met.

Over 90% of graduates that have taken the MT-BC exam between 2003-2013 have successfully passed the exam and obtained board certification. 

National Certification 2003-2004 to 2012-2013
Total  number of graduates who took MT-BC  exam in time period 135
Total number of graduates who passed the MT-BC exam and became board certified music therapists in time period 122
Board certification percentage 90%

 Listed below are the program prerequisites

  • 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

 M.A. Music Therapy: Course Schedule

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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.


Music Therapy: Advanced Theory and Methods I

3 credits

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

Music Therapy Practicum: Children and Adolescents

3 credits


Music Therapy Practicum: Adults and Elderly

3 credits

Clinical Improvisation 1

2 credits


Colloquium in Music Therapy: Music Therapy Group I

2 credits

MPAMT-GE 2948 Colloquium in Music Therapy: Music Therapy Group II 2 credits
MPAMT-GE 2935 Internship in Music Therapy 5 credits

By Advisement to augment entry-level competency

6 credits

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

Music Psychotherapy Specialization

MPAMT-GE 2938 Music Therapy for Adults 3 credits

Key Concepts in Music Therapy

3 credits

MPAMT-GE 2943 Theory Development in Music Therapy 3 credits
APSY-GE 2620 Group Dynamics 3 credits
MPAMT-GE 2949 Colloquy in Music Therapy (Final Project: Thesis) 2 credits

Internship in Music Therapy (Advanced Specialization)

5 credits

Music Development and Personal Growth


Advanced Practices of Improvisation In Music Therapy

3 credits

MPAMT-GE 2941 Theory and Application of Improvisation in Music Therapy 3 credits

Colloquium in Music Therapy: Music Therapy Group III

2 credits

Colloquium in Music Therapy: Music Therapy Group IV

2 credits

Clinical Vocal Improvisation

2 credits

Online Course Identification and Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse/Maltreatment 0 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.


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