Music Therapy

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The School of Music offers a BM in Music Therapy, as well as a MME and a PhD.  The undergraduate music therapy program provides full preparation for entry into the profession. Graduates are prepared for general music therapy practice in a variety of settings. The KU music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Individuals who complete the program are eligible to take the national music therapy certification board examination.

Music Therapy Department website



Sample of Related Skills

  • Perform capably and professionally as music educators and therapists
  • Use contemporary techniques, knowledge, and skills to solve problems in classrooms or clinical settings
  • Communicate the expanding and deepening understanding of music therapy as a basic human endeavor
  • Help society define and respond to its educational responsibilities and challenges
  • Assume leadership positions in schools, districts, institutions, communities, and the profession
  • Demonstrate mastery of aural skills including sight-reading and dictation
  • Implement music and non-music methods and techniques that effectively assist clients in modifying responses in assessment, treatment, session, and termination plans

Popular Career Paths

Clinical: Typically involves utilizing music therapy techniques in private practice, hospitals, community mental health centers, and pain and stress management facilities.

Special Education: Typically involves utilizing music therapy in a school setting.

Research: Involves researching the practice and methods of music therapy interventions.

Jobs to Consider

Activities Therapist/Director

Adjunctive Therapy Coordinator

Creative Arts Therapist

Expressive Arts Therapist

Music Therapist

Professor of Music Therapy

Recreational Therapist


Places to Seek Employment

Community Mental Health Centers

Correctional Facilities

Day Treatment Centers

Drug and Alcohol Programs

General and State Hospitals

Geriatric Care Programs

Home Health Programs

Hospice Programs

Medical Clinics

Pain and Stress Management Centers

Physical Rehabilitation Centers

Prevention and Wellness Programs

Private Practices and Agencies

Public and Private Schools

Research Programs

Residential Facilities

Special Education Programs

Universities and Colleges

Employment Strategies

  1. Identify the social concerns and populations that interest you most and pursue courses such as psychology, social work, or education that allows you to explore these interests further
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications (i.e., Advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications, Master's degree along with coursework in music theory, voice studies, instrumental lessons, and/or physiology) for occupations you are considering
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Join professional associations such as the Kansas City Metro Music Therapists, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field of interest
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals
  7. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school
  8. Consider getting involved with a student organization such as: Music Therapy Student Association, Music Mentors, Community Resources Engaging in the Arts Through Education, and Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC)

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