Music Therapy

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

CTW 100 : INTERDISCIPLINARY FOUNDATIONS I

This “arts foundations” course is an introduction to the common elements that all the arts, including art and design, music, and theater and dance share. The course introduces and explores critical topics including creative process, collaboration, and performance, as well as professional aspects of the arts including presentation of self and networking; it concludes with an exploration of each student’s personal path from training to a successful career in the arts.

Credits

1

MTY 151 : INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THERAPY

This course introduces the student to the field of music therapy including a description of professional practice, and history of the profession, and surveys music therapy applications with a variety of clinical populations. The course also presents the student with experiential learning opportunities that are critical to developing clinical/self-reflective skills in the profession.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

No prerequisite; open to non-majors.

MTY 152 : GUITAR CLASS I

No prerequisite; open to non-majors if space is available. A course designed to address and expand upon guitar competencies delineated in the American Music Therapy Association Professional Competencies document. Those competencies include:
  1. Accompany self and ensembles proficiently.
  2. Employ simple strumming and fingerpicking techniques.
  3. Tune guitar using standard and other tunings (Open E, Drop D, Double Drop D)
  4. Perform a basic repertoire of traditional, folk, and popular songs with or without printed music.
  5. Harmonize and transpose simple compositions in several keys.

Credits

1

MTY 250 : CLINICAL PROCESSES I

This course is an introduction to the music therapy clinical process with cases that illustrate clinical competencies contained in the AMTA Professional Competencies document. Assessment, treatment planning, clinical observation, data collection, session design, evaluation and documentation will be covered. Case examples and video clips with diverse clients will serve as a driving force for this course, illustrating a client-centered approach to treatment. Students will be asked to reflect on their values, beliefs and attitudes toward client groups and begin to examine the relationship between self and therapist role.

Credits

2

MTY 251 : CLINICAL PROCESSES II

This course is an extension of learning about the music therapy clinical process with on-site observations that illustrate clinical competencies contained in the AMTA Professional Competencies document. Assessment, treatment planning, clinical observations, data collection, session design, evaluation and documentation will be reviewed as applicable to professional music therapy practice in different sites. Analysis and synthesis of these observations will serve as a primary focus for this course, illustrating a client-centered approach to treatment. Students will be asked to reflect on their personal values, beliefs and attitudes toward client groups and begin to examine the relationship between self and therapist role.

Credits

1

MTY 252 : GUITAR CLASS II

A continuation of the development of guitar competencies including finger- picking, blues styles, open tunings and development of more advanced clinical repertoire.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

MTY 152 or permission of instructor; open to non-majors if space is available.

MTY 253 : MUSIC THERAPY METHODS AND MATERIALS

Develop theoretical and applied competencies necessary for the implementation of therapeutic/recreational music interventions to prepare for the practicum experiences in community facilities. One major emphasis of this course is directed towards the student’s initial development of applied skills through exercises requiring the presentation of specific musical competencies. Course objectives relate to the rationale, planning, development and implementation of therapeutic musical activities and interventions for individuals with physical disabilities. The Functional Music Skills Examination I is administered after this course is completed.

Credits

2

MTY 254 : MUSIC THERAPY ENSEMBLE

This course was designed to 1) increase competencies in performance skills, specifically in the areas of accompanying, solo work, arranging and group performance and to enhance the acquisition of selected functional music skills considered essential to the practicing music therapist; 2) to develop a personal performance style; 3) to increase leadership skills through planning and implementing performances, and 4) to create public awareness of the music therapy profession.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

MTY 253 or by permission of the instructor.

MTY 261 : PIANO APPLICATIONS IN MUSIC THERAPY

The focus of these weekly lessons will consist of addressing AMTA piano competencies expected of the practicing music therapist. These lessons do not prepare the student for jury/recital requirements in piano. They do prepare the student for the piano requirement of the Level I and Level II Functional Music Examinations, a graduation requirement for the Music Therapy degree. Course content adheres to the keyboard requirements articulated in the AMTA Professional Competencies, 4.1-4.5.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

MUA 101-103, MUA 201-203.

MTY 341 : PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC

This course surveys the research literature and principles of the psychological foundations of music behavior including psychoacoustics, music perception, affective and physiological responses to music, music learning and measurement. Class evaluations will be based on reviews of journal articles, oral presentations, and chapter tests.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Basic Statistics recommended; open to non-majors.

MTY 351 : MUSIC THERAPY WITH EXCEPTIONAL INDIVIDUALS

This course will cover approaches to music therapy with children with developmental disabilities including autism, mental handicaps and learning disabilities. Clinical approaches congruent with those encountered in a special education setting will be the focus of this class, including music therapy assessment and treatment planning as part of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), applied behavioral analysis and behavior modification techniques as well as data gathering and documentation. Offered in alternate years.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MTY 253 or by permission of the instructor.

MTY 353 : RESEARCH IN MUSIC THERAPY

This course is designed to address competencies in music therapy research as defined in the AMTA Professional Competencies document (24.1-24.5). Student enrolled in this course will 1) become familiar with the purpose and methodology of historical, quantitative, and qualitative research, 2) develop the ability to analyze and critique both qualitative and quantitative research; 3) develop specific techniques in the qualitative and quantitative study of music and non-musical behaviors; 4) continue to develop scholarly writing skills; 5) apply selected research findings to clinical practice. Offered in alternate years.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

MTY 351 or permission of the instructor.

MTY 381 : MUSIC THERAPY PRACTICUM

The music therapy practicum provides opportunities for the music therapy student to apply theories, principles, concepts, and skills acquired through other aspects of the music therapy curriculum in actual clinical settings. Practicum helps the student develop greater knowledge and sensitivity to the needs of clients, develops greater self-awareness, strengthens necessary clinical and musical competencies, and cultivates a student’s unique style of working. The continued development of clinical competencies (delineated in the AMTA Professional Competencies document) prepares the student for the required six-month clinical internship. Four semesters of practicum are required in four different health care settings supervised by a Board Certified Music Therapist.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

MTY 253 and passing the Functional Music Examination I.

MTY 383 : MUSIC THERAPY PRACTICUM

The music therapy practicum provides opportunities for the music therapy student to apply theories, principles, concepts, and skills acquired through other aspects of the music therapy curriculum in actual clinical settings. Practicum helps the student develop greater knowledge and sensitivity to the needs of clients, develops greater self-awareness, strengthens necessary clinical and musical competencies, and cultivates a student’s unique style of working. The continued development of clinical competencies (delineated in the AMTA Professional Competencies document) prepares the student for the required six-month clinical internship. Four semesters of practicum are required in four different health care settings supervised by a Board Certified Music Therapist.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

MTY 253 and passing the Functional Music Examination I.

MTY 451 : MUSIC THERAPY WITH ADULT POPULATIONS

This senior level music therapy course is designed to develop AMTA professional competencies in exceptionality (B.11.) relevant to working with adults with psychiatric diagnoses. The course also addresses the relationship between developmental/psychological theories and music therapy practice. Ethical issues, assessment, devising appropriate treatment strategies with age appropriate methods and materials with adults and older adults will also be covered. Self- monitored peer groups will enhance self- reflection and completion of experiential assignments complementing lectures by the instructor.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MTY 353, MTY 383 or permission of the instructor.

MTY 453 : CLINICAL AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN MUSIC THERAPY

This is the pre-internship capstone music therapy course, leading to acceptance to the six-month internship. In addition to lectures and peer group assignments, individualized sessions will be arranged with the instructor to assist in internship placement, and to develop the intern contract and Individualized Training Plan in cooperation with the internship supervisor. Self-monitored peer groups will continue from MTY 451, (or groups facilitated by a Board Certified Music Therapist not affiliated with the University) with assignments complementing lectures by the instructor.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MTY 451 or permission of the instructor.

MTY 470 : DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY

Projects of independent study approved by the faculty and the Music Curriculum Committee.

Credits

1 - 4

Prerequisites

Approval of the Music Curriculum Committee.

MTY 481 : MUSIC THERAPY PRACTICUM

The music therapy practicum provides opportunities for the music therapy student to apply theories, principles, concepts, and skills acquired through other aspects of the music therapy curriculum in actual clinical settings. Practicum helps the student develop greater knowledge and sensitivity to the needs of clients, develops greater self-awareness, strengthens necessary clinical and musical competencies, and cultivates a student’s unique style of working. The continued development of clinical competencies (delineated in the AMTA Professional Competencies document) prepares the student for the required six-month clinical internship. Four semesters of practicum are required in four different health care settings supervised by a Board Certified Music Therapist.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

MTY 253 and passing the Functional Music Examination I.

MTY 483 : MUSIC THERAPY PRACTICUM

The music therapy practicum provides opportunities for the music therapy student to apply theories, principles, concepts, and skills acquired through other aspects of the music therapy curriculum in actual clinical settings. Practicum helps the student develop greater knowledge and sensitivity to the needs of clients, develops greater self-awareness, strengthens necessary clinical and musical competencies, and cultivates a student’s unique style of working. The continued development of clinical competencies (delineated in the AMTA Professional Competencies document) prepares the student for the required six-month clinical internship. Four semesters of practicum are required in four different health care settings supervised by a Board Certified Music Therapist.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

MTY 253 and passing the Functional Music Examination I.

MTY 485 : MUSIC THERAPY INTERNSHIP

The music therapy clinical internship is considered the capstone course for music therapy majors and is the culmination of the professional degree program in music therapy. The course constitutes a six-month (900 hours or the equivalent) resident internship at a clinical site approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Prerequisites for the internship include successful completion of all other curriculum requirements for the music therapy degree, including the Functional Skills Examinations I, II. Learning is achieved on-site under the collaborative supervision of a Board Certified Music Therapist and the Director of the Music Therapy Program at Converse University. Pass/fail grading.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of all Music Therapy coursework, passing the Functional Music Skills Examination.

MTY 493 : HONORS THESIS IN MUSIC THERAPY

This course is an elective senior thesis for music therapy majors who wish to pursue Honors in Music Therapy. The Senior Honors Thesis in Music Therapy demonstrates the student’s ability to do sustained work, conduct systematic research, to organize materials effectively, and to write in a technical style consistent with submission requirements to a professional music journal.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission into the Nisbet or Music Honors Program. Minimal GPA of 3.0. Permission of the student’s major professor, approval of the Curriculum Committee of the Petrie School of Music; other prerequisites as outlined in the Nisbet Honors Guidelines.

MTY 495 : MUSIC THERAPY INTERNSHIP Continued

The music therapy clinical internship is considered the capstone course for music therapy majors and is the culmination of the professional degree program in music therapy. The course constitutes a six-month (900 hours or the equivalent) resident internship at a clinical site approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Prerequisites for the internship include successful completion of all other curriculum requirements for the music therapy degree, including the Functional Skills Examinations I, II. Learning is achieved on-site under the collaborative supervision of a Board Certified Music Therapist and the Director of the Music Therapy Program at Converse University. Pass/fail grading.

Prerequisites

Completion of all Music Therapy coursework, passing the Functional Music Skills Examination.