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Music therapists use a variety of instruments and musical experiences to help babies, children, adolescents, adults and older adults work toward non-music goals related to education, health, rehabilitation and wellness needs.

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First Music Therapy academic program in West Virginia


What is Music Therapy at WVU like?


Music therapy is a dynamic profession that allows accomplished musicians to use their music skills to support the empowerment and development of others.

The Music Therapy major focuses on the disciplines of music, human development and music therapy, in addition to the University's General Education Foundations. You'll develop expertise in three main areas:

  • Musical foundations
  • Clinical foundations
  • 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.

All interested students must apply to the University and audition for the School of Music for acceptance.

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What makes Music Therapy at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Opportunities to participate in programs offered by the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, including "DreamCatchers," a new music therapy and musical theatre program for children of all abilities.
  • Music Therapy Practicum 1-6 offers supervised clinical training opportunities with clients and families of diverse backgrounds and needs in a variety of clinical settings. Students learn how to apply clinical music therapy concepts and further develop professional competencies.
  • Courses include applied (private) lessons and a wide variety of performance opportunities, both in large ensembles (band, orchestra, choral, jazz and opera) and smaller chamber ensembles (string, brass, woodwind, percussion, vocal, jazz and world music).
  • Creative Arts Center facilities include rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, classrooms and electronic music laboratory.
  • The Evansdale Library, just a short walk from the Creative Arts Center, houses printed and sound music resources.

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Learning goals for this degree are directly related to the essential competencies, experiences and opportunities stated by the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

The profession offers opportunities in a variety of settings, including general and psychiatric hospitals, school districts, community mental health agencies, rehabilitation centers, day care facilities, nursing homes, correctional facilities and private practice.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Music Therapy major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


What are the courses like in Music Therapy at WVU?

MUSC 185:
Introduction to Music Therapy

This course provides an overview of the music therapy profession including: history, therapeutic approaches, clinical processes, populations served, and current professional issues. Readings, lectures, community engagement, clinical video observation and experience will allow you to examine general principles of music therapy and gain understanding regarding the use of music as a viable therapeutic medium across a variety

MUSC 205:
Clinical Foundations of Music Therapy

This course discusses and demonstrates basic clinical foundations of the music therapy profession including treatment process, methods of delivery, considerations necessary in a therapeutic relationship, and the professional role of the music therapist.

Cost and Aid

How much does Music Therapy at WVU cost? And how can you save?

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Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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What are the requirements to apply for Music Therapy at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Music Therapy major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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