Music Therapy Interview Process


*If you have not received an email with music therapy information or a packet of information about the SMWC Music Therapy Program in the mail, please contact the Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Therapy.


An important component of the audition process for music therapy prospective students is the Music Therapy Interview. The purpose of this interview is to help the music therapy faculty determine if you have a basic understanding of what the music therapy program entails, to learn about your specific interests related to working in healthcare, and to get a sense of your needs and strengths as related to this area of study. It is a time for you to ask the music therapy faculty questions about the music therapy program and profession as well.

On campus: The interview typically takes place following the audition for the rest of the music faculty, and after a student has been accepted as a music student. Off campus: Other arrangements can be made in the case of a recorded audition, and typically will involve a Skype call, conference call, or regular phone call.

What to wear: Please dress as you would for a job interview, audition, or other professional venture. Hair should be pulled away from face, especially for any audition and interview.

How to prepare: Feel free to bring information such as a list of volunteer activities from the past couple of years, special music/academic achievements, awards/scholarships you have obtained, leadership positions, etc. You will also be asked about your current understanding of music therapy, and what appeals to you about this profession. This is helpful for us to learn more about you!

In addition, you are encouraged to job shadow, observe, or at least meet a professional board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) if possible prior to interviewing. Contact the American Music Therapy Association to find music therapists in your area.

Who will be there: When possible, both music therapy faculty members will be present. Exceptions can be made, but it is preferred that you interview on your own. Family members or friends are free to wait for you outside the interview room.

Criteria for incoming students: Some traits we are looking for include (but are not limited to): strong academic standing, musical sensitivity and strengths on at least one applied instrument/voice, emotional maturity, compassion, history of volunteerism/involvement with a diverse range of people and situations, evidence of informed exploration of music therapy, genuineness, evidence of leadership skills, and strong interpersonal skills.

Other information: Try to relax and just be yourself. We want to make sure this major and this program is a good fit for you. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the curriculum, the requirements, and any other information you might need.