Music Therapy M.M.T.

As Georgia's only Master of Music Therapy program, we provide the opportunity to acquire an advanced theoretical, research and practical base for meeting the changing needs of the people served by the profession. By means of online education, teleconferencing and video conferencing, this program permits the establishment of virtual collaborative learning communities not limited by geographic constraints. On-campus visits twice per semester and one summer for an intensive seminar are mandatory as part of the degree program. Our Master of Music Therapy degree advances students from competencies achieved in undergraduate studies to competencies which are in depth, analytic, interdisciplinary and global. Applicants to the music therapy program must have completed a bachelors degree in music therapy, including an internship in an approved program, have completed a degree equivalency program, or have a bachelor's degree in a music-related field and are interested in an equivalency. 

Our program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Degree Requirements

See some of our students in action! Music therapy students perform “Eye of the Tiger” with musicians who happen to have developmental disabilities.

REGULAR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (20 points)
  • In-person or video interview and audition submitted with application (30 points)
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation (10 points)
  • Essay "What is Music Therapy?"  Use three scholarly references and APA style. (10 points)

Regular admission: 60 points and above.
 

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Admissions scores lower than 60 points (see regular admission criteria)
  • To gain regular admission, provisional students must complete 12 semester-hours of graduate coursework at GC with no less than a "B" in each course approved by the Graduate Coordinator and by the Chair of the Department of Music Therapy.
  • Admission to the Music Therapy Program is highly competitive and may be limited based on availability of qualified faculty and maintaining student to faculty ratios required by accreditation standards. All students may not be admitted.
  • Many agencies where clinical and practical experiences take place require students to undergo a criminal background check, urine drug screens and to meet the CDC standards for immunizations for health care professionals. Students desiring to enter a Music Therapy Program should consider these requirements. Agencies may refuse any student based on inability to meet these guidelines or other agency guidelines. Refusal of an agency to accept a student may delay or prevent a student from completing a program. Certification agencies may also refuse to license individuals who have committed certain criminal acts or other acts of moral turpitude.

Requirements of Interview and Audition (in Person or Via Video)
 

Interview:

  • Discuss your motivation for applying to Georgia College Master of Music Therapy Program.
  • Discuss your previous experiences in Music Therapy or other helping professions.
  • Discuss your professional and/or clinical areas of interest.
  • Discuss your experience in areas of research.

Audition:

  • Perform three (3) pieces using guitar and singing while playing. Should demonstrate a variety of picking styles and chord structures. Minimum of three (3) different chords and demonstration of bar chords*
  • Perform three (3) pieces using piano and singing while playing. Should demonstrate a variety of accompaniment patterns. Minimum of three (3) different chords.
  • Perform two (2) pieces on principle instrument.
  • Selections should reflect a variety of genres (including but not limited to classical, popular, jazz, and different eras).

    *If no guitar experience, please state this during the audition and use another accompanying instrument. Examples include: autoharp, QChord, ukulele
 

Academic Dismissal Policy

A graduate student will be placed on graduate academic probation if the student's institutional graduate grade point average falls below a 3.00 at any point during his or her graduate studies.

A graduate student will be dismissed if the student is placed on academic probation for more than one semester, receives more than one C during his or her graduate studies, or fails to comply with policy, procedures, and expectations as defined in the current version of the Master of Music Therapy Graduate Handbook.
 

Equivalency/Master Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted jointly to the Degree Equivalency/Master of Music Therapy Program. The Degree Equivalency Program must be completed on the GC campus and consists of undergraduate preparatory music therapy courses. Courses for the Master of Music Therapy Program may be taken concurrently.

 

Students must:

  • Be eligible for admission to the Degree Equivalency Program (See undergraduate catalog for requirements)
  • Have completed a bachelor's degree in a music related field
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (20 points)
  • In-person or video interview and audition submitted with application (30 points)
  • Essay "What is Music Therapy?" Use three scholarly references and APA style. (10 points)
  • Regular admission 60 points and above

 

Concurrent Bachelor of Music Therapy and Master of Music Therapy

Students may earn the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree in addition to completing the required equivalency courses necessary to be eligible to take the National Board Certification Examination. 

Graduation requirements for all Bachelor's degrees can be found at: Undergraduate Graduation Requirements.

Students choosing this option will apply for Admission as graduate students.

 

MUST 5000.  MUSIC THERAPISTS AND TECHNOLOGY (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: Admission in the Master of Music Therapy Degree Program or permission of the instructor. This on-line distance education course provides the student with an overview of the use of technology in the field of music therapy and practical applications for clinical practice, research, communication and presentation.

 

MUST 5110 GENDER AND CULTURAL ISSUES IN CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES (3-0-3)

This on-line course examines gender and cultural issues facing music therapists and other creative arts therapists during the therapeutic process and the impact of different race, culture, age, sexual orientation or nationality in the lives of therapists and consumers. On-line. Prerequisite: Admission into Master of Music Therapy degree program or permission of instructor.

 

MUST 5120 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: Admission into Master of Music Therapy degree program or permission of instructor. This course introduces students to the philosophy and methods of qualitative (naturalist, post positivist) research in the creative arts therapies. Students explore a topic from the qualitative paradigm and design a research study in an area of interest, planning for all stages of data gathering, analysis, and interpretation. On-line

 

MUST 5130 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH IN THE CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES    (3-0-3)

This course examines issues and skills in quantitative research in the creative arts therapies, including a critical review of literature, designing a study, analyzing and interpreting existing literature and ethical issues in research. On-line. Prerequisite: Admission into oMaster of Music Therapy degree program or permission of instructor.

 

MUST 5210 MUSIC AND THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD (3-0-3)

Focuses on the identification and basic techniques of teaching exceptional students in the regular classroom and examines special uses of music with students.

 

MUST 5300A-C GRADUATE SEMINARS IN SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC THERAPY (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: Admission in the Master of Music Therapy Degree Program or approval of instructor is required. This course will explore pertinent topics and contemporary issues in music therapy and related areas. A specific focus will be determined prior to each course.

 

MUST 5600A-C INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MUSIC THERAPY (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: Admission in the Master of Music Therapy Degree program and approval of instructor: This course will provide students the opportunity to explore a specific topic or area in music therapy independently. A clinical, academic or research project may be chosen.

 

MUST 5410 LEADERSHIP, SUPERVISION AND MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: Admission in the Master of Music Therapy Degree Program or approval of instructor. On-line.  The course will examine the components of effective leadership and administration of creative arts therapy departments or other healthcare agencies.  Foundational and theoretical concepts will be discussed.  Concepts will be practiced in experiential exercises.  Applications for current employment will be explored.

 

MUST 6000 MUSIC THERAPY COLLEGIATE TEACHING AND SUPERVISION        (3-0-3)

This on-line course will explore trends in higher education, course design, methodology, technology, assessment and evaluation of courses for undergraduate preparation of music therapists.  Models of supervision of student and best practices in academic and clinical settings will be investigated.  Prerequisite:  Graduation from an accredited undergraduate music therapy program or equivalency completed.

 

MUST 6010 MUSIC THERAPY GRADUATE ADVANCED PRACTICUM             (Variable 1-6)

This clinical on-line course will use advanced music skills, verbal skills and documentation skills to complete clinical experiences with community consumers.  Online supervision by Music Therapy graduate faculty will be individual or in groups. Each credit = 40 clock hours.  Prerequisite: Graduation from an accredited undergraduate music therapy program or equivalency completed.

 

MUST 6140 – SELF-EXPERIENCE IN MUSIC THERAPY

The use of music and other creative media to explore roles, feelings and actions in music therapy settings.

 

MUST 6200 – ETHICS AND LEGAL ISSUES IN THE CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES

An examination of legal and ethical issues that affect creative arts therapists, including confidentiality, roles, values, scope of practice and professional conflicts.

 

MUST 6300 – GRADUATE CLINICAL IMPROVISATION

An intensive course for graduate students in music therapy focusing on clinical improvisation:  its purposes, methods, experiences and models.  Students analyze existing models of music therapy, and focus specifically on the process of clinical improvisation:  how clinical improvisation helps clients, and what clinicians can learn from the process and the product.

 

MUST 6400 – COMMUNITY MUSIC THERAPY FOUNDATIONS

This course is an in-depth focus on the topic of community music therapy.  Students will explore and apply theories and practices in the classroom and community settings.

 

MUST 6450 – MUSIC THERAPY MODELS

A survey of models of music therapy, including method-based, outcome-based, process-based and context-based models.

 

MUST 6490 COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION IN MUSIC THERAPY (0-3-0)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all academic coursework for the Master of Music Therapy Degree Program.  This written examination is mandatory after the completion of all academic course requirements and prior to approval to begin MUST 6500 or MUST 6600.  It measures specific and general comprehension of theory and practice in Music Therapy.

 

MUST 6500 GRADUATE CLINICAL PROJECT (1-0-1)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of MUST 6490: approval of the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Music Therapy.  This course is a clinical alternative to the thesis.  Students will develop and implement a clinical music therapy program of extensive and intensive nature at a community facility.

 

MUST 6600 MUSIC THERAPY THESIS (1-0-1)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of MUST 6490: approval of the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Music Therapy.  An individual research study in which the student presents an original research idea, surveys the literature, formulates a specific research problem statement, designs the research methodology, collects and analyzes the results, and submits the results in a comprehensive written report. Directed by a major professor in music therapy.

 

MUST 6610 THESIS DEFENSE (0-2-0)

Prerequisites: MUST 6500 or MUST 6600.  This oral presentation, in conjunction with a written final document, will be presented to a committee chosen by the student.  Please see Program Description for the composition of the committee.

Fall 2017

  • August 25-26
  • October 6-7

Spring 2018

  • January 19-20
  • March 30-31

On-campus seminars are held twice each semester. These seminars are mandatory. Seminars are held Friday 9:00 a.m. – Saturday 9:30 p.m. Housing can be arranged with local students or local hotels. 

The purpose of the seminars is to facilitate experiential learning, a key component of music therapy education. This is necessary given the asynchronous format of the Master of Music Therapy Degree Program. Since course content is presented on Georgia View, Georgia College's online learning platform, the seminars provide the part of graduate study that is traditionally acquired during class meetings such as forming positive relationships, participation as a group, and understanding individual strengths and needs.

Exceptions to attendance will be considered on an individual basis according to level in degree program and classes taken during a specific semester. Students will send requests for exceptions in writing to Chair, Department of Creative Arts Therapies.

  • Is the MMT online?  The Master of Music Therapy program delivery is distance education if you have a degree in music therapy and have completed the six-month internship under the supervision of an approved board certified music therapist.
  • I have a degree in music. Am I eligible for the program? You are eligible for the MMT with equivalency courses if you have a bachelor’s degree in a music-related field. The equivalency courses are taught on our campus. These courses are not online.
  • I have a degree in another field and not music or music therapy. What are my options?  You are eligible for a second bachelor’s degree in music therapy. You may also take the core music courses found on the Equivalency Check List and then apply for the MMT with Equivalency courses.
  • Do I have to come to campus? You will attend face-to-face on-campus seminars twice each semester. Each seminar is three days (Thursday-Saturday). During one summer you will attend an intensive one-week course.
  • I am an out-of-state student. What is the tuition?  All students in the program pay in-state tuition. There are fees for technology and a fee for on-line instruction. To view tuition and fees, click here.
  • Are there graduate assistantships available? There are two graduate assistantships available through the MMT. The assistantship waives tuition and pays a small stipend each semester. Graduate Assistants work 19 hours per week in our department. Responsibilities are similar to duties performed by a music therapist in practice. These assistantships are highly competitive. Other assistantships are available on campus. Please see GC Jobs for position descriptions.
  • Can I attend part-time? Attending part-time will extend the time to completion of the program but many students prefer to begin slowly especially if they have been out of school for a while.
  • Do I need to take the GRE? The GRE or MAT is no longer a requirement of admission. Other requirements are discussed under Admission Requirements
  • I see there is an audition. I do not play the guitar. Am I still eligible?  The audition assists faculty in building your individualized Program of Study. If you do not play guitar, you can substitute another accompanying instrument such as autoharp. Please see Audition Requirements for details of the audition.
  • Does the audition need to be in person? The audition can be in person, on video or submitted on a private online site such as YouTube.
  • Are students accepted only in Fall? Students’ feedback suggests beginning in Fall is an easier transition. However, students are accepted Fall, Spring and Summer. An individualized Program of Study ensures a well rounded educational experience.

 

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Creative Arts Therapies
130 Health Sciences Building  |  Campus Box 67
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-2645
Fax: (478) 445-4532