Oct 16, 2021
The Maryville Music Therapy program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and is approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). The four-year program culminates in a six-month internship under the supervision of a board-certified music therapist in a wide choice of facilities approved by the AMTA. The degree is awarded at the completion of the internship.
A total of 1,200 clinical training hours are required for graduation. The first portion of those hours is accomplished within the academic courses in the practica in which students gain exposure to a minimum of four populations. The remainder of the hours, then, is given to the internship experience. Upon successful completion of the internship, the student is eligible to sit for the Certification Board for Music Therapists national exam, and successful candidates will receive the professional credential, MT-BC.
All Music Therapy majors are expected to declare a major applied instrument and take private lessons on that instrument until graduation. They are required to perform on their applied music instrument in recital at least once each academic year. They are to be in ensemble experience (choral or instrumental) each semester. They must successfully pass the piano and guitar proficiency examinations prior to starting their internship. Nonpiano majors take piano each semester until proficiency level is met.
Students enter the program as pre-Music Therapy majors until they have passed the initial audition and interview. Details about the audition process are given under Special Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Academic Programs.
Upon admission to the program, Music Therapy majors are required to maintain a 2.5 average at Maryville to remain in the program. No grade less than a “C” will be accepted in MUS and MUTH courses. Transfer students who pass the auditionand interview process but enter with less than a 2.5 average will be accepted conditionally. Conditional students must obtain a 2.5 average or above in their first semester at Maryville in order to be accepted into the Music Therapy program.
Students with a previous degree, but not in music, are actually degree seeking students. They will be required to complete all of the music courses required for the music therapy degree.
See Financial Matters for reference to fees that apply: Private/Applied Music Instruction and Professional Insurance (Practica semesters and Internship). There also is a fee for clinical background check.
Students can achieve early access to the Master of Music Therapy in their final year of preparation. Qualifying undergraduate and equivalency students are encouraged to take graduate level coursework as a bridge to the graduate degree.
Health and Other Special Requirements
The following requirements must be met prior to participating in required clinical practica:
- Annual physical exam
- Measles/Rubeola, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Polio
- Varicella or documentation of a positive Varicella titer
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis vaccination within 2 years of fieldwork
- Hepatitis B Vaccine Series or Declination
(Students may not be able to go to certain fieldwork sites if they do not receive the vaccine)
- Flu Vaccine recommended
- Annual 2-Step PPD Tuberculin Test
- Proof of Health Insurance
- Urine Drug Screen
- Criminal Record Background check
- Any additional requirements that may arise
- Signed release of information forms to allow Criminal Record Background Check, Urine Drug Screen, health and other pertinent data to be provided to the facilities where the student completes practica experiences.
Music Therapy Equivalency Program
Students with a previously earned bachelor’s degree in music may want to explore the Music Therapy Equivalency Program. If the undergraduate degree is in music, the student would accomplish the course of study in four or five semesters of study. Equivalency students receive a B.S.M.T. degree from Maryville University upon completion of their internship. Students with a previous degree, but not in music will be required to complete all the music and music therapy courses required for a degree in music therapy.
General Education Requirements for Music Therapy:
- Art History 3
- Humanities Elective 3
- Philosophy Elective 3
- History of U.S./Intro. American Politics 3
Required Courses for the Music Therapy Program:
Some required courses are offered on a two-year rotational basis.
Required Music Courses:
- MUS Music Performance 8
- MUS Piano to meet Proficiency 0-8
(for non-piano majors)
- MUS Ensembles 8
- MUS Concert Attendance 0