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Music Therapy

Music Therapy at NYU Steinhardt provides  graduates with an advanced specialization in psychotherapeutic music therapy. The curriculum emphasizes clinical musicianship in its various facets, the development of the student’s individualized approach, and self-experience courses that support each student’s growth as a music therapist working in creative and improvisational modes of practice. Specialized courses – such as those in cultural humility, verbal methods, and technology – ensure that graduates of the program are prepared to meet the demands of the contemporary music therapy profession.

Master of Arts
Music Therapy

This American Music Therapy Association–approved degree prepares you for certification and licensure to work with all types of people seen by music therapists.

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Doctor of Philosophy
Music Education with a Specialization in Music Therapy

This doctorate is designed for credentialed music therapists with an articulated area of clinical specialization who want to develop research skills.

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Doctor of Philosophy
Rehabilitation Sciences

Prepare for a fulfilling academic career in research and teaching in the rehabilitation sciences through interdisciplinary study across health fields.

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News and Events

Clinical Musicianship for Good

For students in NYU Steinhardt’s Music Therapy program, music is more than just an artistic pastime, but a powerful tool in the service of human wellbeing.

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Songs of Survival: Nordoff-Robbins Partners with The Angel Band Project

NYU Steinhardt's Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy joined with The Angel Band Project for a performance to advocate for positive societal change for survivors of sexual and intimate-partner violence.

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Francis Washington discusses the importance of culturally affirming practices in Music Therapy

Francis Washington (MA ’23) discusses his approach to Music Therapy. He shares how his own experiences and personal identity shape his work and what he plans to do post graduation.

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Director of Music Therapy Kenneth Aigen Discusses Music Therapy and His Approach to Education 

Kenneth Aigen is a music therapist and the Director of NYU Steinhardt's Music Therapy Program. He specializes in working with children and adolescents with emotional and developmental delays. Here he speaks about his history with the program, current projects, and his path to becoming an expert in the field.

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