Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Music Therapy, Master of Music Therapy (MMT)

The Master of Music Therapy is a 36 credit (general track) or 48 credits (counseling track) program. Students will be expected either to have completed a bachelor’s degree in music therapy or to complete the equivalency coursework in music therapy prior to taking the MMT requirements.

SRU’s Music Therapy Program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Students completing this program are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam to obtain the Music Therapist- Board Certified (MT-BC) credential.  Pennsylvania does not require state licensing; however, if you are interested in practicing in another state, please contact the licensing board in that state.

Program Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of the program is to prepare professional music therapists to work in the rapidly-expanding field of music therapy by providing students with the opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of their knowledge and skills in music therapy. This overall goal will be met through the following goals:

  • The program is designed to:
    • Develop advanced knowledge of, and skills in, music therapy theory and practice;
    • Develop skills required for music therapy supervision and administration;
    • Stimulate research and publication in music therapy;
    • Develop advanced musicianship skills for music therapy;
    • Develop personally, culturally, and socially aware music therapists;
    • Prepare students who want to continue on to a doctoral degree.
    • Develop leaders in the field of music therapy

Related Links

Music Therapy, MMT Program Page

Music Department Page

Music Therapy Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

36 Credit MMT

21 credits in Core Music Therapy Courses. 15 credits in electives. Thesis/final project and a comprehensive exam is required in addition to the completion of the coursework.

Core Music Therapy Courses
MUSI 604Reading Music Therapy Research3
MUSI 606Music Therapy Assessment and Evaluation Techniques3
MUSI 607Cultural and Social Foundations of Music Therapy3
MUSI 608Music Therapy Supervision3
MUSI 610MT Ethics & Professional Issues3
MUSI 611Social Justice Approaches to Music Therapy3
MUSI 705Advanced Music Therapy Practicum3
Subtotal21
Electives
Select 15 credit hours of the following:15
Selected Topics
Designing Music Therapy Research
Medical Music Therapy
Music Psychotherapy
Systems Thinking in Music Therapy
Selected Topics
Advanced Music Therapy Internship
Independent Study
Advanced Studies in Learning Disabilities
Advanced Studies in Exceptionalities
Advanced Study of Social Emotional Disorders
Advanced Study of Mental Retardation
Developmental Disabilities
Advanced Study of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Advanced Study of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Early Intervention for Young Learners with Special Needs
Women and Aging
Death and Dying
Thesis or Final Project
MUSI 650Final Project1
or MUSI 800 Final Thesis
Total Hours37

48 Credit MMT

18 credits in Core Music Therapy Courses. 6 credits in advanced music therapy internship. 12 credits in electives. 12 credits in Counseling. Thesis/final project and a comprehensive exam is required in addition to the completion of the coursework.

Core Music Therapy Courses
MUSI 604Reading Music Therapy Research3
MUSI 606Music Therapy Assessment and Evaluation Techniques3
MUSI 607Cultural and Social Foundations of Music Therapy3
MUSI 608Music Therapy Supervision3
MUSI 610MT Ethics & Professional Issues3
MUSI 611Social Justice Approaches to Music Therapy3
Advanced Clinical Skills
MUSI 705Advanced Music Therapy Practicum3
MUSI 750Advanced Music Therapy Internship3
Electives
Select 12 credit of electives:12
Selected Topics
Designing Music Therapy Research
Medical Music Therapy
Music Psychotherapy
Systems Thinking in Music Therapy
Selected Topics
Independent Study
Women and Aging
Death and Dying
Advanced Studies in Learning Disabilities
Advanced Studies in Exceptionalities
Advanced Study of Social Emotional Disorders
Advanced Study of Mental Retardation
Developmental Disabilities
Advanced Study of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Advanced Study of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Early Intervention for Young Learners with Special Needs
Counseling Courses
CDEV 629Helping Relationships in Music Therapy3
CDEV 633Career and Lifestle Development for Music Therapy3
CDEV 635Lifespan Development for Music Therapy3
CDEV 637Group Counseling for Music Therapists3
Thesis or Final Project
MUSI 650Final Project1
or MUSI 800 Final Thesis
Total Hours49

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

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