Master of Music Degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency

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The Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency is the ideal option for the individual who has already completed a bachelor’s degree in some area of music (i.e., music performance, music education, etc.) and seeks training as a music therapist. Ultimately, this degree program is designed to prepare students for either advanced-level clinical practice, or additional opportunities in research or college teaching.

Students in this specialized degree program complete one year of undergraduate prerequisite courses in music, music therapy, psychology, and biology. These courses provide the student with entry-level clinical competency. In years two and three, students complete graduate level coursework as required for the Master of Music degree in Music Therapy.

The entire curriculum is built upon the clinical and research paradigm known as Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). This model utilizes scientific evidence regarding the influence of music on human brain and behavior function to treat neurological, developmental, and medical needs. The NMT approach is becoming increasingly recognized and accepted by the medical community, which helps increase employment for our graduates.

The Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency is designed to help students achieve the following three goals:

  1. To acquire specialized musicianship as needed for advanced performance and for clinical practice.  Within the diverse and comprehensive Frost School of Music, students have the opportunity to study with faculty who perform and compose regularly in local, national and international venues.  Consequently, the musical preparation of students here is unparalleled.
  2. To achieve advanced clinical competencies by examining the scientific evidence that supports the use of music in a therapeutic context.  Through this examination, students will gain an in-depth understanding of human behavior and further refine their clinical interaction skills.  Students will then translate this knowledge into therapeutic interventions which are then applied to clinical populations. Clinical work and research can be conducted at multiple hospitals and agencies in the greater Miami area, including the world-famous Miller School of Medicine.
  3. To develop independent research skills. Students have the opportunity to exercise their critical thinking skills and increase their knowledge of research topics, methodology, and analysis. Students who pursue the thesis track will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct an independent research project. Students who pursue the clinical track will apply research findings as they develop a clinically focused project within a specific clinical setting.

Graduate teaching assistantships are available to highly qualified candidates in the second and third years of the degree. These prestigious awards provide tuition coverage (full or partial) as well as a monthly stipend. Recipients gain valuable professional experience by assisting with teaching, research, and program administration.

The curriculum for the Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency meets the standards set forth by the National Association for Schools of Music, the American Music Therapy Association, and the University of Miami. 

For more information on this degree program, please contact:

Teresa Lesiuk, Ph.D., MT-BC

Program Director, Music Therapy
tlesiuk@miami.edu
305.284.3650

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Master of Music Degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency

The Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency is the ideal option for the individual who has already completed a bachelor’s degree in some area of music (i.e., music performance, music education, etc.) and seeks training as a music therapist. Ultimately, this degree program is designed to prepare students for either advanced-level clinical practice or additional opportunities in research or college teaching.

How is the Master of Music Degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency Structured?

Students in this specialized degree program complete one year of undergraduate prerequisite courses in music, music therapy, psychology, and biology. These courses provide the student with entry-level clinical competency. In years two and three, students complete graduate level coursework as required for the Master of Music degree in Music Therapy. Some of the coursework you may take includes the following:

  • Music in Rehabilitation
  • Music in Psychotherapy
  • Human Development
  • Voice Techniques
  • Human Biology
  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Music Therapy Forum
  • Percussion Techniques
  • Psychobiology

What Credentials Do I Need Before Pursuing a Master of Music Degree with Undergraduate Equivalency?

Students come to the music therapy master degree program from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. You do not necessarily need to have a bachelor degree in a music field to pursue the master and equivalency. In fact, just about any undergraduate degree could complement a master of music degree in music therapy. All the insights you bring from the first degree will enrich your perspective in the master program. Your prior experience enlarges the scope available to yourself, your classmates, and eventually, your music therapy clients. There is a certain kind of synergy associated with combining music therapy with the other interests you pursued in your first degree. Some of the best music therapists are well-rounded.

Because the degree includes an equivalency, you will need to take several relevant undergraduate courses to begin master-level work. These classes can be completed after you have been accepted to the master program:

  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Arranging or Orchestration
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Applied Lessons
  • Piano Competency
  • Performing Ensembles
  • Conducting

What Credentials Do I Need to Work as a Music Therapist?

The curriculum for the Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency meets the standards set forth by the National Association for Schools of Music, the American Music Therapy Association, and the University of Miami. In order to work as a music therapist professionally, you will need to pass the MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified) exam. The Certification Board for Music Therapists is an independent, national organization focused on establishing industry standards by which music therapists are accredited nationally.

What Kind of Therapeutic Approach Does The Master of Music in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency Take?

The entire curriculum is built upon the clinical and research paradigm known as Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). This model utilizes scientific evidence regarding the influence of music on human brain and behavior function to treat neurological, developmental, and medical needs. The NMT approach is becoming increasingly recognized and accepted by the medical community, which helps increase employment for our graduates. An NMT approach allows you to work with a wide variety of clients using evidence-based practices that focus on the way the brain works.

What Kinds of Leadership Opportunities are Available to Music Therapy Master’s Students?

As a music therapy master’s student, you will have the opportunity to become a leader and an innovator in your field. Working towards a master’s degree not only launches you into clinical or educational work, but it also positions you to take a leadership role in professional organizations and with your colleagues.

What Will I Achieve During this Program?

The Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency is designed to help students achieve the following three goals:

  1. To acquire specialized musicianship as needed for advanced performance and for clinical practice. Within the diverse and comprehensive Frost School of Music, students have the opportunity to study with faculty who perform and compose regularly in local, national and international venues. Consequently, the musical preparation of students here is unparalleled.
  2. To achieve advanced clinical competencies by examining the scientific evidence that supports the use of music in a therapeutic context. Through this examination, students will gain an in-depth understanding of human behavior and further refine their clinical interaction skills. Students will then translate this knowledge into therapeutic interventions which are then applied to clinical populations. Clinical work and research can be conducted at multiple hospitals and agencies in the greater Miami area, including the world-famous Miller School of Medicine.
  3. To develop independent research skills. Students have the opportunity to exercise their critical thinking skills and increase their knowledge of research topics, methodology, and analysis. Students who pursue the thesis track will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct an independent research project. Students who pursue the clinical track will apply research findings as they develop a clinically focused project within a specific clinical setting.

What Kinds of Funding Options are Available?

Graduate teaching assistantships are available to highly qualified candidates in the second and third years of the degree. These prestigious awards provide full or partial tuition coverage as well as a monthly stipend. Recipients gain valuable professional experience by assisting with teaching, research, and program administration.

Where Can I Find More Information about the Master of Music Degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency Program?

The Frost School offers a variety of established music programs. Over the years, our faculty have worked with thousands of students as follow their music therapy-related aspirations. For more information on this degree program, please contact Teresa Lesiuk, Ph.D., MT-BC who is the program director in the music therapy program. Dr. Lesiuk can be reached at tlesiuk@miami.edu or by phone at (305) 284-3650.