BACHELOR OF MUSIC WITH A MAJOR IN MUSIC THERAPY

Degree Coordinator: Dr. Susan Gardstrom
Faculty: Susan C. Gardstrom, PhD, MT-BC and James M. Hiller, MM, MT-BC

WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music therapy is the use of music to accomplish therapeutic goals: the restoration, maintenance, and improvement of mental, physical, and spiritual health. It is the scientific application of music, as directed by the therapist in a healthy environment, to bring about positive changes so that the individual can develop to his or her full potential and achieve a more satisfying adjustment to society.

WHAT DOES A MUSIC THERAPIST DO?
The music therapist works as a member of a therapeutic team, evaluating individual needs and defining treatment goals and specific music methods. Music therapists can be found in many employment settings, including residential facilities, schools, community health agencies, hospitals, private practice, and other social service and health care programs. Job opportunities also exist in the areas of college education, administration, and research.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM?
The mission of the Music Therapy program at the University of Dayton is to prepare students for acceptance to an approved internship, toward successful completion of the intership program, and subsequent board certification. Board certification enables the student to practice as a professional music therapy clinician.

This mission is founded upon a commitment to help students:

Music Therapy graduates Emily Meyer and Stacey Schloss
work with a patient at Miami Valley Hospital

Listed below are the required courses for a major in music therapy.

MUSIC REQUIREMENTS (81)

UNIVERSITY AND GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (33)**

ADDITIONAL MUSIC THERAPY AND/OR BREADTH REQUIREMENTS (21)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Upon successful completion of the Music Therapy Internship, the student will receive the Bachelor of Music degree with a Major in Music Therapy. Graduates are then eligible to take a national certification exam to become Board Certified.

ACCREDITATION AND APPROVAL OF PROGRAM:

The Music Therapy Program at the University of Dayton is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Total required for graduation=135 semester hours
*MUS 489 is a clinical internship of 1040 hours. In order to be recommended for MUS 489, students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a GPA of at least 2.5 in combined music, music therapy, and psychology coursework.

**Note: Thematic cluster in at least three domains of knowledge.
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