Prerequisites and Program Requirements

Prerequisites

Additional Program Requirements

Proficiency Examinations

Music therapy students must demonstrate music skills as outlined in the American Music Therapy Association Professional Competencies. In addition, students must pass the Piano Proficiency Examination and the Guitar/Voice Competency Examination before beginning the internship. Guidelines regarding these examinations will be given at the first residency.

Students are responsible for scheduling the Examinations with the music therapy faculty. The  Examinations will take place at each residency prior to applying for internships. Each examination can be taken no more than three times.

Clinical Training Requirements

Students must complete at least 1,200 clock hours of music therapy clinical training under the supervision of board-certified music therapists (MT-BCs). Approximately 200 hours (a minimum of 180 pre-internship hours) are accrued in supervised practicum experiences in conjunction with a practicum class; students who have not accrued this minimum at the end of 3 semesters of practicum class will be required to take the course for a fourth semester. Approximately 1,000 hours are accrued during internship.

Successful completion of the Internship is a program 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 letter of eligibility from the Director of Music Therapy. 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).

Each clinical site has its own requirements (such as TB test, criminal history check, etc.). Students are responsible for any expenses incurred for meeting those requirements and must meet all such requirements in order to do a practicum (pre-internship) or internship experience at that site. Students are required to purchase liability insurance every semester of practicum and internship. Field and internship placement decisions are made in conjunction with SMWC faculty.

Completion of the program is dependent upon available practicum and internship sites and MT-BC supervisors. If such sites/supervisors are not available in a student's geographic area it may be necessary for that student to move to a different location to complete the program. Completion of the program hinges upon successful completion of all coursework and clinical training requirements. Factors which may influence the student’s ability to secure practicum and internship placements include: availability of MT-BCs who are willing to supervise, student’s ability to establish rapport and build a therapeutic relationship, student’s critical self-awareness and clinical musicianship, and student’s readiness to work in specific clinical settings. Therefore, program faculty cannot guarantee practicum and internship placements for every student.

Individual Training Plan

Each student will have an Individual Training Plan (ITP) that is developed with the Music Therapy Faculty. The ITP is a tool used to communicate expectations and outline the roles and responsibilities of the music therapy faculty and student. The plan is reviewed periodically.