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,
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:
- develop an authentic and positive relationship with music and
to recognize music's profound influence on their own and clients' lives
- recognize the role and benefits of music in healing and strengthening individuals,
communities, and society
- develop professional values, attitudes, and versatility for effective and
compassionate clinical work with a variety of clinical populations
- expand their abilities to design and implement effective, creative, and
meaningful therapeutic interventions
- form an enduring attitude toward learning through inspiring pursuits of
knowledge and skill, and
- grow as leaders in both clinical and non-clinical realms.
| 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)
- Theory of Music (16)
- MUS 111-114 Theory and Aural Skills I (8)
- MUS 211-214 Theory and Aural Skills II (8)
- MUS 301-302 Music History and Literature (6)
(General Education: History and Arts)**
- Performance Studies (18)
- MUS 399 Major performance in Voice, Piano, or Instrument (10 minimum)
- MUS 296-299 Functional Keyboard Skills (4)
- MUS 195, 295 Guitar Classes (2)
- MUS 338 Percussion Pedagogy (1)
- Elect one credit from the following:
- MUS 237 Brass Instrument Lab (1)
- MUS 238 Woodwind Instrument Lab (1)
- MUS 239 String Instrument Lab (1)
- MUS 293 Organ Class (1)
- MUS 282 Functional Music Therapy Skills (2)
- MUS 240 Fundamentals of Conducting (2)
- MUS 318 Fundamentals of Arranging (2)
- Music Therapy Requirements (26)
- MUS 285-286 Intro to Music Therapy (4)
- MUS 280 Music and Movement for Persons with Disabilities (1)
- MUS 287,288,289 Practicum in Music Therapy I,II, and III (3)
- MUS 381 Clinical and Educational Music Improvisation I (2)
- MUS 382 Clinical and Educational Music Improvisation II (2)
- MUS 385 Music Therapy Foundations and Principles (3)
- MUS 386 Music and Psychotherapy (3)
- MUS 387,388 Practicum in Music Therapy IV and V (2)
- MUS 485 Psychological Foundations of Music I (2)
- MUS 486 Psychological Foundations of Music II (2)
- MUS 489 Music Therapy Internship (2)*
- Music Ensembles (minimum of 6 hours, maximum of 8 hours toward degree)
- Music and Dance Electives (minimum of 3 hours)
- Recital Requirement (minimum of one-half recital by the senior year)
- Students are expected to attend and perform regularly on student recitals (MUS 200)
UNIVERSITY AND GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (33)**
- ENG 101-102 College Composition I and II (6)**
- CMM 110 (1), 111 or 112 (1), and 113 (1) Communication
- PHL/REL Philosophy and Religion Studies(12)** (PHL 325 Required)
- HST 101-102 History of Western Civilization I or II (3) and MUS 301 Music
History and Literature I (3)**
- HSS 305 Human Anatomy (3) and Science Elective(3 or 4)**
- Social Science/Intro. Psychology** (See below)
- Thematic cluster requirement MUS 302 Music History and Literature II (3)**
- Math Elective (Recommend MTH 207 Introduction to Statistics )
ADDITIONAL MUSIC THERAPY AND/OR BREADTH REQUIREMENTS (21)
- PSY 101 Intro to Psychology; PSY 363 Abnormal Psychology; PSY 355 Developmental
Psychopathology; and PSY 351 Child Psychology (12)
- Sociology Elective (3)
- Humanities Elective in one of the following (3):
- Visual Arts
- American Studies
- Communication or
- Philophophy or Religion Studies
- General Elective (3)
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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