What is Music Therapy at WVU like?
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Through a course of study focused on the disciplines of music, human development and music therapy combined with the University's General Education Foundations, the BM in Music Therapy teaches essential competencies in three main areas: musical foundations, clinical foundations and music therapy foundations. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam to obtain the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist Board Certified), which is required for professional practice in the U.S.
Music Therapy majors take classes in fundamental musicianship, music therapy and behavioral sciences. While students who wish to pursue Music Therapy will audition on the principle instrument of their choice, they will also learn piano, guitar and voice skills as part of their program.
In addition to the fundamental musicianship and music-therapy specific courses, students will also take courses in related areas such as psychology, special education, health sciences and development. Certain aspects of the curriculum will address skills necessary for career management, including advocacy, ethics and preparation for the Board Certification Exam.
All interested students must apply to the University and audition for the School of Music for acceptance.
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