Music Therapy
The music therapy program was the first music therapy program established in New England. It is 

Music Therapy Guitarby the American Music Therapy Association, and its graduates are qualified to sit for the Certification Board in order to become a Board-Certified Music Therapist.

The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree program prepares students for clinical practice as generalists immediately after graduation. In the first two years of the music therapy track, students acquire basic music core skills, learn clinical musicianship through hands-on class work and begin clinical placements in community settings. Junior and senior music therapy majors focus upon learning skills and knowledge-based clinical competencies in the areas of techniques, theory and research. Concurrently, students complete 1,200 hours of supervised clinical practica and internships in the community, working with children, adult and elderly clients with psychiatric illnesses, cognitive and physical disabilities, and medical conditions. Note that some students choose a 9th semester internship option.

Upon completion of a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, students will have:

  • Keyboard skills, including the ability to play at sight, accompany, transpose, and improvise.
  • The ability to sight-sing and take aural dictation.
  • Skills in voice, especially as related to group singing. The ability to communicate using a basic repertory of traditional, folk, and popular songs.
  • Guitar skills sufficient to accompany self and ensembles. The ability to perform a basic repertory of traditional, folk, and popular songs in several keys, with or without printed music.
  • Knowledge of and performance ability on percussion and other instruments sufficient to facilitate rhythm-based musical experiences for individuals and groups.
  • Conducting skills adequate to the therapist’s needs in providing repertory and leadership to small and large vocal/instrumental ensembles.
  • Composition and arranging skills sufficient to compose songs with simple accompaniment; and to arrange, transpose, and simplify music compositions for small vocal and non-symphonic instrumental ensembles.
  • Movement skills to direct and move expressively in structured rhythmic and improvisatory movement experiences.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of normal human development, exceptionality and psychopathology, principles of therapy, and the therapeutic relationship.
  • Knowledge of the basic foundations and principles of music therapy, including history and philosophy; the psychological, physiological, and sociological bases for the use of music as therapy; music therapy methods, techniques and materials with their appropriate applications to various client populations.
  • Knowledge of various client populations; client assessment; treatment planning; therapy implementation and evaluation; clinical documentation (both oral and written) and termination/discharge planning.
  • Knowledge of professional standards of clinical practice; professional role and ethics; interdisciplinary collaboration in designing and implementing treatment programs; supervision and administration.
  • Knowledge of research methods to be able to interpret information, demonstrate basic knowledge of historical, quantitative, and qualitative research, and to apply research findings to clinical practice in music therapy.

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