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Music Therapy

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

Overview

What is Music Therapy at WVU like?

Description

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.

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Music Therapy at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Various internship possibilities with multiple populations.
  • 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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Careers

What can you do with this degree?

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.

Courses

What are the courses like in Music Therapy at WVU?

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Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Music Therapy major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

MUSC 185:
Introduction to Music Therapy

of populations. 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?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $407
Per Semester $4,884
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,768
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,096
Per Semester $13,152
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,304
International
Per Credit $1,096
Per Semester $13,452
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,904
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Academic Common Market

In-state tuition for Music Therapy is available through the Southern Regional Education's Academic Common Market for students from:

  • Delaware
  • Maryland

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

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Requirements

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

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Music Therapy major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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