Jun 21, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Music Therapy, BMT

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With the combination of an aging population and the growing acceptance of the healing powers of music, Music Therapy is one of the fastest growing fields in music today. The discovery of new applications for music in the health professions has caused and increased demand for board certified music therapists. 

Major Requirements

Music Foundation

* Students must pass the proficiency tests in voice, piano, and guitar.  These courses may be waived for students who pass the respective proficiency tests without enrolling in these courses.

Ensembles: 0-8 Credits

Large ensemble appropriate to the student’s instrument or voice each semester in residence; may be taken for 0 or 1 credit.  Select from the list, below:

Additional Competency Requirements

*These competency requirements also fulfill key core requirements.

Fifth-Year Music Therapy Internship

Program Details

Program Length

Four years for a complete BA degree.  Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree.  Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress.

Academic Standing/Grading Policy

For practicum, students are required to earn a minimum grade of a B- to progress onto the next practicum level. Students who receive more than one C in music therapy courses may be put on academic probation and may need to re-enroll in a course. Students must earn a C or better in all music therapy classes in order to be eligible for internship. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all music courses. A student who repeatedly receives low grades or written concerns from supervisors on their Weekly Practicum Evaluations is also a cause for concern and will be invited to have a discussion with music therapy faculty to discuss the student’s “fit” as a music therapy major.

Program Learning Outcomes

The music therapy curriculum provides a comprehensive overview of music therapy clinical practice and is based on the Education and Clinical Training standards set forth by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Successful graduates of the MT program are eligible to sit for the Certification Board for Music Therapy (CBMT) national board-certification exam and to apply for licensure to practice music therapy in Oregon. The academic curriculum meets the standards of and is approved by AMTA and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Furthermore, the curriculum centers around the following Program Student Learning Outcomes which seeks to prepare students:

  1. To develop high quality functional musicianship in a wide variety of musical styles and genres
  2. To become proficient in the clinical processes of music therapy practice from several theoretical and philosophical approaches leading to best practice
  3. To develop enactive and effective leadership skills that are responsive to the clinical environment
  4. To use critical analysis in applying the best available research and evidence to the clinical environment
  5. To develop clinically appropriate responses necessary to competently serve diverse populations
  6. To practice ethical and conscientious behaviors consistent with professional clinical practice

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