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.
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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.
*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:
- Completed all course, practicum and preclinical work.
- Demonstrated good physical health and emotional stability.
- Achieved functional competency on piano, guitar, percussion, and voice.
- 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.