Music Therapy

The School of Music offers a BM in Music Therapy.  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.

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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.

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  • 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
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  • Research Programs
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  • Special Education Programs
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  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, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for KU Career Connections 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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