Music Therapy Equivalency: Campus Program

The music therapy equivalency program provides an opportunity for men and women who have a degree in music to pursue study in the field of music therapy. The course of study is tailored to meet the needs of each person who attends. Individuals may be exempted from one or more of the requirements if they have previously taken an equivalent course or courses.

Music Therapy Equivalency - Required Courses

The following courses are required. You may be exempted from one or more of the requirements if you have previously taken an equivalent course or courses.

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

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.

Study of music materials as available in courses now in use in the elementary school, stressing evaluation and organization. Study of current methods of programs in the elementary school. Includes the study of Orff and Kodaly techniques.

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.

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.

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.

Supervised internship for music therapy students who have successfully completed at least 180 hours in pre-internship clinical training. Student must have passed all music proficiency exams prior to enrolling in this course. Admission to the internship requires consent of the Director of Music Therapy and a “C-” or better in all music therapy courses. The internship placement is based on the student’s clinical and personal needs. The student must: 1) accrue at least 900 hours in internship training, 2) accrue a total of at least 1200 hours in pre-internship and internship hours, and 3) demonstrate entry-level knowledge and skill in all AMTA Professional Competencies. No text. As needed. Course fee.

Music Therapy Equivalency - Required Supporting Courses

In addition, students must complete specified credits in voice (1), psychology (12), anatomy and physiology (3), dance (1), and statistics (3).

What qualifications are needed to practice music therapy?

A professional music therapist must complete (a) an undergraduate degree in music therapy, or (b) an undergraduate degree in a related area and a music therapy equivalency. Academic requirements include courses in music, music therapy, psychology, and related areas. Professional music therapists have also completed at least 1200 hours of clinical training, and have passed a board examination. This leads to the entry-level credential, MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified).

What type of clinical training will I receive?

Students begin observing music therapy sessions, conducted by professional music therapists and/or other music therapy students, in the first semester of MT Field Experience. Over the course of several semesters, students become more involved in the treatment process. These pre-internship (field) experiences will total approximately 200 hours. After completing course requirements, students must successfully complete a music therapy internship of approximately 1000 hours. Field and internship experiences are supervised.

For more information about this program, please contact Sharon Boyle, MM, MT-BC at 812-535-5145 or

Information about Course Requirements
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