Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy

The small student-teacher ratio at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College allows for individualized attention in the music therapy degree program. The music therapy faculty have extensive clinical experience with a wide range of populations and continue to practice within the community. Beginning in the second semester of freshman year, music therapy students are able to begin their practicum experiences in the community and receive weekly supervision with faculty.

Sherry Bube, senior in Music Therapy

Clinical Training Requirements

Students must complete at least 1,200 clock hours of music therapy clinical training. Approximately 200 hours (a minimum of 180 pre-internship hours are required) are accrued in practicum experience (in conjunction with MU 380), and approximately 1,000 hours are accrued during internship.

Successful completion of the Internship is a degree requirement. Admission to the Internship requires: a general GPA of 2.0; an average of 2.5 in all music courses; a C- or better in all music therapy courses; and a recommendation from the Director of Music Therapy. Study of the applied instrument and ensemble participation are required each semester except during the internship.

Successful completion of academic and clinical requirements leads to eligibility to take the music therapy board examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Passing the examination leads to the professional credential MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified).

View specific clinical training sites in the Terre Haute area (PDF)

Each student is observed by on-site supervisors and music therapy faculty and gain important feedback on various skills. Students also acquire classroom and clinical experience in the use of therapeutic improvisation techniques. Students develop an understanding of and aptitude in music therapy documentation in addition to receiving extensive classroom and clinical experience in facilitating specific music therapy techniques. Music therapy students are required to take piano proficiency and voice proficiency exams (after taking lessons and music classes) during academic training.

Auditions are required for all prospective majors in Music.
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The music therapy programs at SMWC are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and are approved by the American Music Therapy Association.