Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy

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Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 131-145   
Major: 91-103 sch  

MUSICTHERAPY.BS           CIP Code: 51.2305.00


The music therapy program, approved by the American Music Therapy Association, is competency-based providing students with opportunities to build competencies in a number of areas required for the general practice of music therapy. Students must demonstrate mastery of all required competencies, as well as required coursework, prior to graduation. Competency requirements are outlined in the Music Major Handbook available from the departmental office.

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total Semester Credit Hours42

Courses Required for Major

MU 1021Keyboard Musicianship I1
MU 1031Keyboard Musicianship II1
MU 2061Keyboard Musicianship III1
MU 3051Functional Piano I1
MU 4061Functional Piano II1
MU 1521Aural Skills I1
MU 1523Music Theory I3
MU 1531Aural Skills II1
MU 1533Music Theory II3
MU 2521Aural Skills III1
MU 2523Music Theory III3
MU 2531Aural Skills IV1
MU 2533Music Theory IV3
MU 3021Percussion Techniques for Music Therapy1
MU 3301Guitar Class1
MU 3671Functional Singing1
MU 3542Conducting I2
MU 3313Music History I3
MU 3323Music History II3
MU 4512Instrumental Arranging (or MU 4502 Choral Arranging)2
Principal Instrument (4 sch at 4000 level)12
Music Ensembles6
Total Semester Credit Hours52

Other Requirements ("C" or better required)

PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology (may be applied from core)3
PSY 1603Developmental Psychology3
PSY 2513Abnormal Psychology3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities3
DNCE 1021Ballroom/Popular Club Dance (or DNCE 1051, or DNCE 1061)1
or DNCE 1071 Introduction to Tap Dance
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I (may be applied from core)3
BIOL 1013Human Biology (may be applied from core)3
MU 3713Music and World Cultures (GP)3
Total Semester Credit Hours22

Music Therapy Courses

MU 2512Introduction to Music Therapy2
MU 2522Music Skills for Therapy, Recreation, and Special Education2
MU 4513Music in Therapy I3
MU 4523Music in Therapy II3
MU 4533Music Therapy III Techniques, and Reimbursement for Music Therapy3
MU 4633Psychology of Music I3
MU 4643Psychology of Music II3
MU 3702Practicum in Music Therapy - Level I2
MU 3712Practicum in Music Therapy - Level II2
MU 4702Advanced Practicum in Music Therapy- Level III2
MU 4712Advanced Practicum in Music Therapy- Level IV2
MU 4651Music Therapy Clinical Internship I1
MU 4661Music Therapy Clinical Internship II1
Total Semester Credit Hours29

Before students may register for internship they must have met the following requisites:

  1. Satisfied music departmental recital attendance requirements.
  2. Completed all academic courses, including practica (Refer to Music Major handbook for criteria for admission to different levels of practicum).
  3. Achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or better.
  4. Achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 in music therapy courses, including practica and MU 2522, with no grade below B.
  5. Received no letter grade below C in other music courses.
  6. Shown evidence of emotional stability and good physical health.
  7. Met university requirements for liability insurance and immunizations.
  8. Demonstrated the appropriate Music Therapy Professional Characteristics and Dispositions as outlined on the "Information Packet for Clinical Training, Students and Clinical Training Supervisors."
  9. Met all specific internship admission requirements, including but not limited to, requirements for liability insurance, drug testing, immunizations, criminal background, personal medical insurance, and/or transportation. Expenses for any required special training, drug testing, background checks, or other special requirements specific to an internship site are the responsibility of the student. Acceptance to an internship does not guarantee that the legal agreements between the university and the facility can be negotiated. The student may not begin the internship until all legal agreements have been finalized. See academic advisor for details related to a specific internship site.

See department website for degree plan.

Graduate students wishing to work toward certification must complete the music therapy equivalency program, which may be done at the same time the student completes some graduate courses toward the Master’s Degree. Post-baccalaureate students pursuing the equivalency program, but not the Master’s Degree, must complete the requirements for a second bachelor’s degree.

Testing for drugs, specific immunizations in addition to those required by TWU, proof of personal medical insurance, and/or passing a criminal background check may be required by certain facilities associated with the required clinical work. If students are unable to be cleared on any of these requirements, they may not be eligible to continue in the program.

Certification as a Music Therapist (MT-BC) is achieved by passing a national examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. This exam may be undertaken only after all requirements, including internship, have been completed. However, completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the board certification exam. Questions regarding specific criminal background and its possible effects on eligibility for board certification should be addressed directly to the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

First Year
FallTCCNSemester Credit Hours
MU 1021Keyboard Musicianship I MUSI 11811
MU 1112 (CAO Core)Music and Wellness 2
MU 1521Aural Skills I MUSI 1116, MUSI 12161
MU 1523Music Theory I MUSI 1211, MUSI 13113
MU 2512Introduction to Music Therapy 2
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Principal Instrument2
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
Select one semester credit hour from the following:1
Ballroom/Popular Club Dance DANC 1128, DANC 1133 
Introduction to Modern Dance DANC 1145, DANC 1146 
Introduction to Jazz Dance DANC 1147 
Introduction to Tap Dance DANC 1110, DANC 1111 
 Semester Credit Hours 17
MU 1031Keyboard Musicianship II MUSI 11821
MU 1531Aural Skills II MUSI 1117, MUSI 12171
MU 1533Music Theory II MUSI 1212, MUSI 13123
MU 2522Music Skills for Therapy, Recreation, and Special Education 2
MU 3301Guitar Class 1
MU 3671Functional Singing 1
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Principal Instrument2
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Second Year
MU 2061Keyboard Musicianship III MUSI 21811
MU 2521Aural Skills III MUSI 2116, MUSI 22161
MU 2523Music Theory III MUSI 2211, MUSI 23113
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Principal Instrument2
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
MATH 1703 (Mathematics Core)Elementary Statistics I MATH 1342, MATH 14423
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
 Semester Credit Hours 17
MU 2531Aural Skills IV MUSI 2117, MUSI 22171
MU 2533Music Theory IV MUSI 23123
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Principal Instrument2
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
PSY 1603Developmental Psychology PSYC 23143
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 16
Third Year
MU 3051Functional Piano I 1
MU 3313Music History I 3
MU 3542Conducting I 2
MU 3702Practicum in Music Therapy - Level I 2
MU 4512Instrumental Arranging 2
MU 4513Music in Therapy I 3
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Principal Instrument2
 Semester Credit Hours 16
MU 3021Percussion Techniques for Music Therapy 1
MU 3323Music History II 3
MU 3712Practicum in Music Therapy - Level II 2
MU 4523Music in Therapy II 3
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Principal Instrument2
Life/Physical Science Core (BIOL 1011, BIOL 1012)3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Fourth Year
MU 4061Functional Piano II 1
MU 4533Music Therapy III Techniques, and Reimbursement for Music Therapy 3
MU 3713 (GP)Music and World Cultures 3
MU 4633Psychology of Music I 3
MU 4702Advanced Practicum in Music Therapy- Level III 2
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Core Multicultural Women's Studies3
 Semester Credit Hours 18
MU 4643Psychology of Music II 3
MU 4712Advanced Practicum in Music Therapy- Level IV 2
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
PSY 2513Abnormal Psychology 3
Life/Physical Science Core Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours 17
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  131

NOTE:  Four years of coursework is followed by a 6-month Music Therapy Internship. Students enroll for MU 4651 (first semester) and MU 4661 (second semester) for internship.

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.