Music Therapy, BMUS

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The BMus program in music therapy prepares students for a career in health care, community-based and special education settings. Music therapists use carefully planned music interventions to achieve desired changes in a client's individualized behavior and functioning. Music therapy is a profession in which engagement and receptive or active music-making helps a client achieve individual therapeutic goals. Educating the potential music therapist requires a wide range of musical, verbal and nonverbal skills. Music therapy students have many opportunities to develop their clinical skills. Students also study:

  • human anatomy
  • musical improvisation
  • popular music styles
  • psychology
  • songwriting
  • special education
  • world music

Program Offered

Music Therapy, BMUS

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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Application Deadlines
Spring 2021: October 15, 2020
Fall 2021: January 5, 2021

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career Outlook

Graduates are eligible to sit for the music therapy certification examination given by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Positions are available regionally and nationally in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Graduates are prepared to work in the fields of community music therapy and wellness, geriatric care, mental health, physical rehabilitation, special education, or within veteran and military populations.

A music therapy career may also provide an opportunity for private practice with flexible hours.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 25.9%$97,870
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Music Therapists6.5%$47,680
Musicians, Instrumental6%*
Recreational Therapists6.5%$47,680
Therapists, All Other 19.9%$53,850

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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