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B.M. in Music Therapy

The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy uses an interdisciplinary approach to develop knowledge in music theory, history and performance while providing focused training in music therapy, research and psychology. Most students also minor in Psychology. Six clinical practicum placements prepare students for a wide variety of internships, job settings and client populations. An internship, taken off-site after senior level coursework, fulfills the comprehensive clinical training requirements to sit for the exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (MT-BC).

Students intending to major in the Music Therapy program must perform an audition on their principal instrument (includes Voice) as outlined in the Required Undergraduate Audition Repertoire section of this website, interview with the music therapy faculty, and complete a theory and aural skills examination.

View additional information on undergraduate admissions and auditions.

Degree Requirements

The following is the current course of study for the degree. Current students should refer to the SMU Catalog (maintained by the Registrar's Office) listings under their year of matriculation to find their degree plan.

Requirements for the Degree Credit Hours
UC/GEC Requirements varies

Music Arts and Skills

  • MUAS 1020 Music Pathways: Exploring Meadows and Your Future (one enrollment fall term of first year)
0

Music Arts and Skills

  • MUAS 1010 Recital Attendance
0

Composition and Theory

  • MUTH 1129 Musicianship I
  • MUTH 1130 Musicianship II
  • MUTH 1229 Music Theory I
  • MUTH 1230 Music Theory II
  • MUTH 2129 Musicianship III
  • MUTH 2130 Musicianship IV
  • MUTH 2229 Music Theory III
  • MUTH 2230 Music Theory IV
12

Music History and Literature

  • MUHI 1202 Introduction to Music in World Societies
  • MUHI 3301 Survey of Music History I
  • MUHI 3302 Survey of Music History II
8

Class Instruction for Performance

  • PERB 1131 Class Piano
  • PERB 1132 Class Piano
  • PERB 2131 Class Piano or 1233 Advanced Class Piano
  • PERB 2132 Class Piano or 1234 Advanced Class Piano
4

Class Instruction for Performance

  • PERB 1103 Modern Acoustic Guitar I
  • PERB 1104 Modern Acoustic Guitar II
2

Music Arts and Skills

  • MUAS 5152 Percussion Techniques (or PERB 2113 Hand Drumming and Ethnic Percussion I)
  • MUAS 5153 Vocal Techniques
2

Private Studies 3200 or 3100

4

Recitals

  • MURE 3001 Junior Recital (optional)
  • or
  • MURE 3101 Junior Recital (optional)
0

Conducting

  • MUCO 3208 Fundamentals of Choral Conducting
  • MUCO 3209 Fundamentals of Instrumental Conducting
2

Performance Ensemble

  • PERE Ensemble
26

Music Therapy

  • MUTY 1120 Clinical Orientation
  • MUTY 1320 Introduction to Music Therapy
  • MUTY 3211 Developmental Music Therapy
  • MUTY 3212 Psychiatric Music Therapy
  • MUTY 3213 Medical Music Therapy
  • MUTY 3214 Gerontological Music Therapy
  • MUTY 3141 Developmental Music Therapy Practicum I
  • MUTY 3142 Psychiatric Music Therapy Practicum II
  • MUTY 3143 Medical Music Therapy Practicum III
  • MUTY 3144 Gerontological Music Therapy Practicum IV
  • MUTY 4340 Research Methods and Materials in Music Therapy
  • MUTY 4341 Survey of Music Psychology
  • MUTY 4144 Internship I
  • MUTY 4145 Internship II
  • MUTY 4141 Music Therapy Practicum V
  • MUTY 4142 Music Therapy Practicum VI
26

Music Electives

10

Community Experience

  • MSA 1001
  • or
  • MSA 1101
0-1

Psychology

  • PSYC 2351 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC elective
6

Free Electives (hours vary as needed to meet University residency and degree requirements)

varies
  122*

*GEC students are required to complete a minimum of 125 term credit hours and are exempt from three hours of Perspectives and an additional three hours of either Perspectives or Cultural Formations.

Students with a concentration in voice, percussion or guitar must substitute music electives for the corresponding technique class.

Students completing this program of study may add a minor in psychology with nine additional psychology credits.

Students receiving an artistic scholarship must enroll in PERE ensemble each term as assigned by the director/conductor.

Students majoring in music therapy have two junior-level performance options: 1) to present a minimum of one solo performance in general recital each term of the junior year or 2) to present a half recital of 30 minutes.

Before enrolling for internship MUTY 4144, the student must meet the following conditions:

  1. Completed all course, practicum and preclinical work.
  2. Demonstrated good physical health and emotional stability.
  3. Achieved functional competency on piano, guitar, percussion, and voice.
  4. Achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.500 and a 2.750 in all music therapy courses.

The B.M. degree in music therapy is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Successful completion of  this program entitles the graduate to take the national board of examination in music therapy administered by the Certification Board of Music Therapists. The official designation by the board is MT-BC, the nationally accepted credential of qualified music therapists.

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