Music Therapy Major

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
The School of Visual and Performing Arts offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy toward preparation for Music Therapy Board Certification. The program has been approved for more than twenty-five years by the National Association of Schools of Music and by the American Music Therapy Association, the leading professional music therapy association in the country. It is one of only two accredited undergraduate music therapy programs in the New England region. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the board exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists to receive their MT-BC credential (Music Therapist-Board Certified).

The four and a half year program prepares students for clinical practice as generalists immediately after graduation. In the first two years of the curriculum, students acquire their basic musical skills (theory, ear training, keyboard, guitar, voice, and percussion); learn clinical musicianship through hands-on class work; and begin clinical placements in music therapy. In the junior and senior years, music therapy coursework focuses on techniques, theory, and research. Concurrently, students complete 1,200 hours of supervised clinical practicum and internships in the community working with child, adult, and elderly clients with psychiatric illnesses, cognitive and physical disabilities, and medical conditions.

Admission to the Music Therapy Program
Students may begin their music therapy coursework in the first semester. However, students are not formally admitted into the music therapy program until the completion of the sophomore review process.

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
In addition to general College requirements, Music Therapy majors must complete:

Introduction to Psychology
Human Biology
Music Therapy Cooperative Internship
Senior Music Therapy Seminar
Music Theory I-IV
Ear Training I-IV
Piano Class I-IV
Individual Studio Instruction in Major Instrument
Music History I-II
Clinical Musicianship
Music Therapy I-IV
Music Therapy Field Placement I-III
Child Development
Psychology of the Exceptional Child
Abnormal Psychology

Learning Outcomes for the Music Therapy Major (PDF)

In addition to acceptance to Anna Maria College, Music students must be accepted into their chosen program by completing an audition. Please contact (508) 849-3450 for further information or to schedule your audition.
Fall Audition Day for Music Therapy Majors
Auditions for all Music Students (click on the audition guidelines link above for the audition dates)
The school of Visual and Performing Arts will hold an audition day for prospective students interested in auditioning for the Music Therapy program during the fall semester.  Please contact Amanda Elinoff to schedule an audition.  Students will have the opportunity to audition at any time during the spring semester as well by setting up an appointment.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Summer, M.C.A.T., MT-BC

Director of Music Therapy
(508) 849-3454