Course Requirements

A Baccalaureate degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives, the music therapy major requires completion of the Music "Core" courses, as well as, the Music Therapy requirements listed on this page.  Please consult your academic advisor with any questions you may have about completing this major.

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Music Core Courses (43-45 credit hours)

*Either MU001 or MU002 will fulfill the ensemble elective

Applied Music Area. MU021 Freshman Voice Class is required with first year of voice study. Includeds Italian diction. MU471 Language Diction for Singers is required with the second year of voice study.

Applied Music Area.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

Use of the computer and MIDI synthesizer keyboard to create, edit and perform music scores. Notation and sequencing software programs will be used. Winter, every year. Prerequisites: CS 101 and basic piano keyboard, or instructor’s permission.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

Music Therapy Courses (29 credit hours)

*MU243 and MU352 fulfill 3 credit hours of Music Core Electives

Applied Music Area. Individual piano study for music majors whose primary instrument is not the piano. Focus on technique, performance practice and repertoire of intermediate through advanced levels. Final jury performance required. Must have written permission of instructor to enroll. Prerequisites: MU 014 and/or successful completion of the piano proficiency exam.

First pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through observation of music therapy sessions at a clinical site. Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC at each clinical site and will experience the therapeutic process through observation. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Primarily develops observational skills. Students will receive small group supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: instructor consent

Provide applied practice of clinical music therapy interventions and methods for use in medical, long-term care, educational and rehabilitation settings. Focus on the functional skills needed on: guitar, voice and piano, as well as non-symphonic instruments. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: MU 282 and MU 342.

Study of techniques of conducting with practical experience in choral music.

Level 2a pre-internship first clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various applied skills in music therapy through co-leading and/or leading group music therapy sessions at a designated clinical site (typically older adults or children in school setting). Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from observation and assessment through developed treatment plan and preliminary data collection. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Students will receive weekly group supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent

Level 2b pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various applied skills in music therapy through co-leading and/or leading group music therapy sessions at a designated clinical site (typically children/adults with developmental disabilties or older adults). Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from observation and assessment to developed treatment plan and data collection. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Students will receive weekly small group supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent

An introduction to the history of music therapy and to the application of music in the therapeutic treatment of a variety of populations. Course fee applies.

Designed to help students understand the process of music therapy from referral to termination. Special emphasis given to assessment and evaluation. Also investigates the dynamics and processes of music therapy groups. Prerequisite: MU282 and Instructor's consent. Course fee applies.

Elementary performance and pedagogy of wind, brass, percussion instruments and guitar. Requires ability to read music and instructor’s consent. Course fee applies.

Development of therapeutic skills on voice, percussion, piano and guitar used in clinical improvisation. Normally reserved for upper-level music therapy students. A lab is required as part of this course. Fall, alternate years. Course fee. Prerequisite MU 283 and consent of instructor.

Developing a fundamental understanding of terminology and cultural uses, as well as basic skill and technique with multicultural percussion (e.g. African hand drumming, Latin-based instruments, etc). Fundamental skill and performance on Western traditional percussion instruments (e.g. trap set, marimba, etc) will also be included. Prerequisite: Music major or consent of instructor.

Level 3a pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through co-leading, and/or leading group or 1:1 music therapy sessions at a clinical site. Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from assessment through final evaluation of treatment. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Students will receive 2:1 supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent

Level 3b pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through co-leading, and/or leading group or 1:1 music therapy sessions at a clinical site (typically 1:1). Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from assessment through final evaluation of treatment. Students will receive 2:1 supervision with faculty MT-BC. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent.

Music therapy treatment goals and objectives for those with developmental and physical disabilities. The development of music therapy skills to assist exceptional populations. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: MU 282.

Music therapy treatment goals and objectives for the elderly, those with substance abuse issues, and those with mental disorders. The development of music therapy skills to assist in rehabilitation. Course fee applies.

This required course provides necessary preliminary music therapy internship preparation, as well as addresses professional role and ethical issues in music therapy. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: MU 257 or consent of instructor.

Level 4a pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through observation, co-leading, and/or leading group or 1:1 music

An investigation of topics such as: the influence of music on human behavior; physiological responses to music; neuromusical research; hearing and music perception; human musicality. Includes individual projects. Normally reserved for juniors and seniors. Requires instructor’s consent. Course fee applies.

The study of various types of music therapy research. Exploration of research types in the literature. Qualitative and quantitative methods are investigated. Includes development of an original research proposal. Normally reserved for juniors and seniors. Requires instructor’s consent. Course fee applies.

This required course provides more in-depth internship preparation, as well as addresses supervision, administration, employment options and reimbursement issues in music therapy. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: MU 386 or consent of instructor.

Other Required Courses (10 credit hours)

MA253,PS111, and BI230 fulfill some Woods Core Requirements but others must still be met.

Examines the form and functional relationships of all the major organ systems of the human body. Designed for music therapy majors and fulfills the general studies science requirement for them. Course is available to others, but does not meet their general studies science requirement. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: a score of 38 on the mathematics placement exam or MA 101.

Organization of data; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression; chi-square; analysis of variance; application to business decisions and experiments in natural and social sciences. Use of appropriate computer software. Fulfills general studies requirement. Prerequisite: MA112 or placement.

Students learn a variety of international dances and the cultural background of each dance. (Elective which students may choose from PE119, PE119-B, PE119-F, PE119-J, PE130)

An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes. Fulfills general studies requirement.

Studies human physical, cognitive, personality, emotional, social and moral development and change from conception to death. Prerequisite: PS111.

Theoretical and practical knowledge needed to make use of basic counseling skills. Emphasis on process in utilizing these skills. Activities include role playing and video presentations.

Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Proficiency Examinations

Music therapy majors must demonstrate music skills as outlined in the American Music Therapy Association Professional Competencies. In addition, music therapy majors must pass the Piano Proficiency Examination and the Guitar/Voice Competency Examination before beginning internships.

Students are responsible for scheduling the Guitar/Voice Competency Examination with the music therapy faculty. This examination will take place in February prior to applying for internships (for traditional students this would be February of the junior year). The examination can be taken no more than three times. Additional details regarding proficiency and competency examinations are located in the Music Area Handbook.

Music Core Courses (43-45 credit hours)

*Either MU001 or MU002 will fulfill the ensemble elective

Applied Music Area. Individual, advanced piano study with focus on technique, performance practice, and repertoire for the music major whose primary instrument is piano. Required performances throughout the semester along with a final jury performance. Must have written permission of instructor to enroll. Prerequisite: Audition placement.

Applied Music Area.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Three semester course sequence developing concepts and skills in aural perception and music reading. Each course meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors; first two courses required of music minors.

Use of the computer and MIDI synthesizer keyboard to create, edit and perform music scores. Notation and sequencing software programs will be used. Winter, every year. Prerequisites: CS 101 and basic piano keyboard, or instructor’s permission.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

A four-semester sequence for the development of concepts and skills in written music theory. Required of all music majors. MU 115/125 required of all music minors.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

Study of non-Western and Western music from the ancient period to contemporary. Each course presents music in relation to the social and cultural background of the periods.

Music Therapy Courses (29 credit hours)

*MU243 and MU352 fulfill 3 credit hours of Music Core Electives

Applied Music Area. MU021 Freshman Voice Class is required with first year of voice study. Includeds Italian diction. MU471 Language Diction for Singers is required with the second year of voice study.

First pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through observation of music therapy sessions at a clinical site. Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC at each clinical site and will experience the therapeutic process through observation. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Primarily develops observational skills. Students will receive small group supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: instructor consent

Provide applied practice of clinical music therapy interventions and methods for use in medical, long-term care, educational and rehabilitation settings. Focus on the functional skills needed on: guitar, voice and piano, as well as non-symphonic instruments. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisites: MU 282 and MU 342.

Study of techniques of conducting with practical experience in choral music.

Level 2a pre-internship first clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various applied skills in music therapy through co-leading and/or leading group music therapy sessions at a designated clinical site (typically older adults or children in school setting). Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from observation and assessment through developed treatment plan and preliminary data collection. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Students will receive weekly group supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent

Level 2b pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various applied skills in music therapy through co-leading and/or leading group music therapy sessions at a designated clinical site (typically children/adults with developmental disabilties or older adults). Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from observation and assessment to developed treatment plan and data collection. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Students will receive weekly small group supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent

An introduction to the history of music therapy and to the application of music in the therapeutic treatment of a variety of populations. Course fee applies.

Designed to help students understand the process of music therapy from referral to termination. Special emphasis given to assessment and evaluation. Also investigates the dynamics and processes of music therapy groups. Prerequisite: MU282 and Instructor's consent. Course fee applies.

Elementary performance and pedagogy of wind, brass, percussion instruments and guitar. Requires ability to read music and instructor’s consent. Course fee applies.

Development of therapeutic skills on voice, percussion, piano and guitar used in clinical improvisation. Normally reserved for upper-level music therapy students. A lab is required as part of this course. Fall, alternate years. Course fee. Prerequisite MU 283 and consent of instructor.

Developing a fundamental understanding of terminology and cultural uses, as well as basic skill and technique with multicultural percussion (e.g. African hand drumming, Latin-based instruments, etc). Fundamental skill and performance on Western traditional percussion instruments (e.g. trap set, marimba, etc) will also be included. Prerequisite: Music major or consent of instructor.

Level 3a pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through co-leading, and/or leading group or 1:1 music therapy sessions at a clinical site. Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from assessment through final evaluation of treatment. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Students will receive 2:1 supervision with faculty MT-BC. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent

Level 3b pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through co-leading, and/or leading group or 1:1 music therapy sessions at a clinical site (typically 1:1). Students will work under the supervision of an MT-BC and will experience the therapeutic process from assessment through final evaluation of treatment. Students will receive 2:1 supervision with faculty MT-BC. Meets the American Music Therapy Association requirements for obtaining pre-internship clinical hours. Fall, Winter, every year. Course fee. Pre-req: MU 157 and/or instructor consent.

Music therapy treatment goals and objectives for those with developmental and physical disabilities. The development of music therapy skills to assist exceptional populations. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: MU 282.

Music therapy treatment goals and objectives for the elderly, those with substance abuse issues, and those with mental disorders. The development of music therapy skills to assist in rehabilitation. Course fee applies.

This required course provides necessary preliminary music therapy internship preparation, as well as addresses professional role and ethical issues in music therapy. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: MU 257 or consent of instructor.

Level 4a pre-internship clinical experience for music therapy majors. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn various skills in music therapy through observation, co-leading, and/or leading group or 1:1 music

An investigation of topics such as: the influence of music on human behavior; physiological responses to music; neuromusical research; hearing and music perception; human musicality. Includes individual projects. Normally reserved for juniors and seniors. Requires instructor’s consent. Course fee applies.

The study of various types of music therapy research. Exploration of research types in the literature. Qualitative and quantitative methods are investigated. Includes development of an original research proposal. Normally reserved for juniors and seniors. Requires instructor’s consent. Course fee applies.

This required course provides more in-depth internship preparation, as well as addresses supervision, administration, employment options and reimbursement issues in music therapy. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: MU 386 or consent of instructor.

Other Required Courses (10 credit hours)

MA253,PS111, and BI230 fulfill some Woods Core Requirements but others must still be met.

Examines the form and functional relationships of all the major organ systems of the human body. Designed for music therapy majors and fulfills the general studies science requirement for them. Course is available to others, but does not meet their general studies science requirement. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: a score of 38 on the mathematics placement exam or MA 101.

Organization of data; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression; chi-square; analysis of variance; application to business decisions and experiments in natural and social sciences. Use of appropriate computer software. Fulfills general studies requirement. Prerequisite: MA112 or placement.

Students learn a variety of international dances and the cultural background of each dance. (Elective which students may choose from PE119, PE119-B, PE119-F, PE119-J, PE130)

An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes. Fulfills general studies requirement.

Studies human physical, cognitive, personality, emotional, social and moral development and change from conception to death. Prerequisite: PS111.

Theoretical and practical knowledge needed to make use of basic counseling skills. Emphasis on process in utilizing these skills. Activities include role playing and video presentations.

Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Proficiency Examinations

Music therapy majors must demonstrate music skills as outlined in the American Music Therapy Association Professional Competencies. In addition, music therapy majors must pass the Piano Proficiency Examination and the Guitar/Voice Competency Examination before beginning internships.

Students are responsible for scheduling the Guitar/Voice Competency Examination with the music therapy faculty. This examination will take place in February prior to applying for internships (for traditional students this would be February of the junior year). The examination can be taken no more than three times. Additional details regarding proficiency and competency examinations are located in the Music Area Handbook.

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