The SPU Music Therapy Program’s rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum is designed to train you to realize your potential as a music therapist, prepare for the six-month clinical internship, and, ultimately, pass the national examination to earn your Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) designation.
As a Music Therapy major, you can choose from three emphases:
When you major in Music Therapy at SPU, you will take academic courses that focus on core music and music therapy classes, as well as the balance of a comprehensive university education.
You will also have the opportunity for practicum experiences within diverse health care and educational institutions in the Seattle area. And you will have the close supervision by board-certified music therapists in an educational climate that nurtures the discipline of being a strong musician, the heart to serve others, and the focus to help you reach your goals.
Major Courses and Degree Requirements
The SPU Music Therapy Program is an integrative, rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum. Music Therapy students are required to do the following:
- Fulfill the requirements of a Music degree as accomplished musicians, including a junior recital on your major instrument.
- Take classes in core music therapy, psychology, special education, and biology/physical education, as well as fulfill University required courses.
- Pass proficiency exams on piano, guitar, and voice.
- Fulfill 180 hours of practicum experience during undergraduate training. A six-month clinical internship is required once you have completed your major's courses in order for you to be eligible to sit for the national Board Certification Exam.
The minimum total credits required for a major emphasis is 124 quarter credits. The minimum total credits required for the degree is 180 quarter credits.
Entering the Major
This program has a competitive application process. Consult the undergraduate catalog for complete information on how and when to apply to this program, and what you must do to complete it.
Nationwide, Board-Certified Music Therapists are employed in many settings, including clinical, educational, and social-service agencies, such as:
- Community Mental Health Centers
- Correctional Facilities
- Hospice Care
- Medical and Psychiatric Hospitals
- Oncology Treatment Centers
- Private Practice
- Pain/Stress Management Clinics
- Senior Centers and Nursing Homes
- Substance Abuse Programs
- Wellness Programs
Music Therapy as a Career
The American Association for Music Therapy (AMTA) website includes information about career opportunities and more. You’ll also find fact sheets on how music therapists work with various populations.
Locally, the Music Therapy Association of Washington (MTAW) website lists current activities for music therapists in our state, as well as active board-certified music therapists.
See more career opportunities, along with career resources for Music Therapy majors.