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Program Director: Dr. Darlene M. Brooks
Chair of Music Education and Music Therapy: Dr. Rollo Dilworth

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Music therapy is an interpersonal process in which the therapist uses all aspects of music to help clients to improve or maintain their emotional, social, physical, cognitive, and spiritual well-being. In some clinical applications, the client’s needs are addressed directly through music; in others they are addressed through the relationships that develop between the client and therapist or among clients in a group. Music therapists work in a variety of settings, including general hospitals, psychiatric facilities, schools, prisons, rehabilitation centers, geriatric facilities, hospice programs, training institutes, private practices, and universities. Courses in applied music, theory, history, psychology, music therapy and related clinical areas emphasize the importance of musicianship, self-understanding and interpersonal skills.

Degree Programs:
B.M. Music Therapy | M.M.T. Music Therapy/Equivalency | M.M.T. Music Therapy | Ph.D. Music Therapy

B.M. Music Therapy
The undergraduate degree program is designed to prepare students to work as music therapists in a variety of clinical settings. The program provides an integrated sequence of academic coursework and supervised field training in clinical institutions. Two types of courses are offered. The academic courses give basic information and provide laboratory training in using different methods of music therapy. The field experience courses provide opportunities to work directly with clients. Great care is taken to help the student apply what is learned in the classroom to clinical situations. Successful completion of the program and internship qualifies individuals to apply for professional certification through the Certification Board for Music Therapy, Inc. and hold the professional designation MT-BC.

There are two concentrations from which to choose:

1. "Traditional Concentration." Click here for curriculum.
2. "Jazz Concentration." Click here for curriculum.

 

The curriculum covers four main areas: general education studies, music, clinical studies and music therapy. In the area of music, students take courses in music theory, history and applied music which receiving individual lessons on their major instrument. They also maintain membership in one of the performance ensembles and instruction in piano, guitar and voice. Emphasis is given to the ability to play and sing in different musical styles.

 

In the area of clincial studies, students take several courses in psychology, all designed to provide an understanding of human beings and their health needs.

In music therapy, students learn how to use music in various clinical settings with many different populations. Two types of courses are offered. The academic courses give basic information and provide laboratory training in using different methods of music therapy. The fieldwork courses provide opportunities to work directly with clients. Great care is taken to help the student apply what is learned in the classroom to clinical situations.

The student is introduced to actual clinical work in two stages. Beginning the junior year, the student spends a half to full day each week observing and assisting professional music therapists in the field. Three semesters of fieldwork are required, each in a different type of clinical setting with different client populations and age groups. Each placement requires the student to work 4-7 hours per week for 15 weeks, and altogether, the student must complete a minimum of 200 hours of fieldwork prior to beginning the final phase of clinical training, the internship.


Upon completion of all fieldwork and course requirements, the student begins the Internship. In these final two semesters of study, the student works part-time or full-time in an approved clinical site for a total of 1000 hours, learning to assume the complete range of professional responsibilities of a music therapist. During this time, the student receives close and continuous supervision from qualified music therapists on site as well as from their academic instructors who lead the on-campus, weekly seminar that the student is required to attend..

Admission: Applicants must be accomplished musicians who have the motivation, sensitivity and maturity needed to become music therapists.
Click here for admission requirements.

 

Undergraduate Audition Requirements: An audition in the major performing medium is required for Music Therapy applicants (i.e, keyboard, brass, jazz). Click here for audition requirements.

 

Financial Aid: Click here for information on financial aid and scholarships.

Dr. Wendy Magee
Coordinator, B.M. Music Therapy
215-204-8314 wmagee@temple.edu
Dr. Magee's Faculty Page

M.M.T.: Music Therapy/Combined Master’s Equivalency Program
Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree in another area of music (e.g., performance, music education, etc.) but who are not certified in music therapy are eligible to apply for the combined master's equivalency program. This program integrates undergraduate core courses in music therapy (27 credits) required for entry-level certification with the master's program. Entry-level and advanced courses are taken concurrently. Applicants who hold undergraduate degrees outside of music, or applicants who do not have at least 60 undergraduate credits in music or the equivalence are not eligible for admission to this combined program, but must instead apply for the bachelor's degree. Please note: The Combined Master’s Equivalency Program is not offered through distance learning; students must reside in the Philadelphia area.

Admission: Applicants must be accomplished musicians who have the motivation, sensitivity and maturity needed to become music therapists.
Click here for admission requirements.

 

 

 

Financial Aid: Click here for information on financial aid, scholarships and assistantships.

M.M.T. Music Therapy
The master's degree program is designed to provide professional music therapists with advanced clinical training, supported by studies in research, theory and ethics. The master's program provides two areas of advanced clinical study, with a variety of course offerings in each area. The medical music therapy area provides didactic and experiential training in how music and the client-therapist relationship are used to facilitate mind-body communication and health. The music psychotherapy area provides didactic and experiential training in how music and the client-therapist relationship are used to promote emotional and interpersonal growth. Electives are offered for: 1) clinical specialization in hospice care, 2) clinical specialization in music psychotherapy, 3) state licensure, and 4) PhD preparation.

Admission: Applicants for the MMT degree are expected to have a bachelor’s degree and certification in music therapy while also demonstrating the musicianship, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills needed for in-depth clinical work. Applicants who hold undergraduate degrees outside of music, or applicants who do not have at least 60 undergraduate credits in music or the equivalant must apply initially for the bachelor’s degree. For admissions information, click here.
Click here for admission requirements.

Application Deadline: Applications for the MMT in Music Therapy are considered only once per year-during the spring semester; and students are admitted to these programs only once per year-in the fall semester. All application materials must be received must be completed by February 1st to be considered for admission in September. Applicants for Music therapy assistantships must have an in-person interview.


GraduateAudition Requirements: There are specific audition and interview requirements for each graduate program at Boyer. Click here for M.M.T. requirements.

 

For information regarding diagnostic examinations for current students, click here.

Dr. Darlene Brooks
Coordinator, M.M.T. Music Therapy
215-204-8340 | dmbrooks@temple.edu

Ph.D. Music Therapy
This degree is the first true Ph.D. in music therapy to be offered in the United States. The Ph.D. program has music therapy as the major area of study with its own core curriculum, supported by studies in research, music and related health disciplines. Objectives of the Ph.D. are to prepare individuals to conduct research and develop theory, in quantitative and qualitative research paradigms; provide opportunities for further development of clinical expertise in two areas: Music Medicine and Music Psychotherapy; provide opportunities to gain expertise in areas of specialization within the above two areas of practice (e.g., particular client population, methodology, or research paradigm); provide opportunities to develop expertise and skill in college-teaching and clinical supervision.

Individuals applying for the PhD must:  Have a bachelor's degree in any music-related area or its equivalent; Have earned a master's degree in music therapy or related area; Have professional certification in music therapy; Have at least five years of full-time clinical experience as a professional music therapist.

For admissions information, click here.
To see music therapy degree requirements, click here.

Intensive Retreats/Online Learning
Courses in the M.M.T. and Ph.D. programs are offered through various combinations of intensive learning retreats and online instruction via the "Blackboard" program. The amount of time spent in class and online varies according to the content and objectives of each course. Two intensive retreats are offered each semester. Each retreat lasts from 8-10 days, but you will only attend those days on which your classes meet.

Click here for Accomodations | Click here for Campus Map and Directions

Dr. Cheryl Dileo
Coordinator, Ph.D. Music Therapy
215-204-8542 | cdileo@temple.edu

Accreditation
Temple's music therapy programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree program or its equivalence, graduates are eligible to take the national examination of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and thereby earn the professional credential, "Music Therapist-Board Certified" or "MT-BC." This credential is required to practice music therapy in many areas of practice.

Music Therapy Databases: Databases of Journals and Books in English

Archives of Helen Bonny: Click here to view the GIM

Archives of Mary Priestley: Click here to view Priestley Archives