Music Therapy

Your love of music combined with your compassionate nature could make you an ideal candidate for the unique music therapy degree program at The Woods. Music therapy is an emerging field that uses music and musical experiences to maintain or improve a person’s functioning level and quality of life.

The small class sizes mean, you’ll receive continual support from your professors, all of whom have extensive clinical experience with a wide range of populations and continue to practice. Beginning as early as your second semester freshman year, you will be able to begin fieldwork experiences in the community with the supervision of the faculty.


What Is Music Therapy?

A music therapist is trained to use musical, clinical and personal skills to help meet a patient's needs. Additionally, a music therapist uses many instruments and techniques to help patients in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and psychiatric facilities.

Music therapy is a great career for people who think of themselves as creative musicians, abstract thinkers, supportive listeners, problem solvers, responsible communicators and energetic leaders.

 On Campus

Sharon Boyle, Coordinator, Undergraduate Music Therapy Program; Associate Professor of Music Therapy


  • Master of Arts in Music Therapy: This program is designed for Board Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC) who want to advance their knowledge of music therapy.
  • Music Therapy Equivalency-Distance: With only three brief residencies per year, you can complete a majority of your coursework online and participate in clinical training near where you live.

Auditions are required for all prospective majors in Music.
Schedule or submit an audition online.

Music Therapy Blog

October 14th
The first part of the fall semester has flown by at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. As midterm approaches, the leaves are starting to change colors, the weather is starting to cool down from the summer heat, and new music therapy students have had an opp…