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Educational Purpose
Audition Requirements
Financial Aid
Course Descriptions
Program Coordinator



The bachelor's degree is designed to prepare students to work as music therapists in a variety of clinical settings. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for board-certification and hold the professional designation MT-BC.


The undergraduate program provides two options: the "Traditional Concentration" for students with a background in classical music, and the "Jazz" Concentration for students with a background in jazz, rock or popular music. Each concentration has its own audition requirements and curriculum.


All applicants must be talented musicians who have the motivation, sensitivity, and maturity needed to become music therapists. Specific requirements include: a good academic record, acceptable scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), proficiency on a musical instrument or voice (as demonstrated by an audition), and an understanding of the fundamentals of music. To obtain an application, please call 215-204-6810 or e-mail: music@temple.edu.


An audition in the major performing medium and a series of music tests must be completed before an applicant can be accepted into the Boyer College of Music and Dance. An application must be on file prior to scheduling an audition. It is the applicant's responsibility to schedule a date for the audition and tests. For further information on admission or audition requirements, or to schedule an audition, contact Mrs. Kristi Morgridge, Associate Director of Recruitment and Financial Aid (215-204-6810). For audition requirements, click here.


The College offers two types of financial aid: performance-based and need-based. Performance-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of the student's audition, and upon recommendation by the Admissions Committee. A separate application is not necessary for these scholarships, as all students are considered upon application. Need-based assistance includes state-grants, federal student aid, and Temple University grants. These types of aid require separate applications that are due by May 1st. For instructions, contact the University Financial Aid Office.


Temple 's music therapy programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree program or its equivalence, graduates are eligible to take the national examination of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and thereby earn the professional credential, "Music Therapist-Board Certified" or "MT-BC." This credential is required to practice music therapy in many areas of practice.


The curriculum covers four main areas: general education studies, music, clinical studies, and music therapy. General studies or "Gen Ed " courses include Analytical  Reading & Writing, Quantitative Literacy; Mosaic:  Humanities Studies, Human Behavior, Race and Diversity, Science & Technology, U.S. Society and Global/World Society. 

In the area of music, students take courses in music theory, history and applied music, while also receiving individual lessons on their major instrument. They also maintain membership in one of the performance ensembles, and intensive instruction in piano, guitar, and voice. Emphasis is given to the ability to play and sing in many different musical styles.

In the area of clinical studies, students take several courses in psychology, all designed to provide an understanding of human beings and their health needs.

In music therapy, students learn how to use music in various clinical settings with many different populations. Two types of courses are offered. The academic courses give basic information and provide laboratory training in using different methods of music therapy. The field courses provide opportunities to work directly with clients. Great care is taken to help the student apply what is learned in the classroom to clinical situations. Specific credit requirements are as follows:













*Music Theory


*Music History


Analytic Reading & Writing


Quantitative Literacy




Human Behavior


Race and Diversity


Science and Technology


U.S. Society


World Society


Music Therapy






*Varies according to student's concentration.


The student is introduced to actual clinical work in two stages. Beginning the junior year, the student spends a half to full day each week observing and assisting professional music therapists in the field. Three semesters of fieldwork are required, each in a different type of clinical setting with different client populations and age groups. Each placement requires the student to work 4-7 hours per week for 15 weeks, and altogether, the student must complete a minimum of 200 hours of fieldwork prior to beginning the final phase of clinical training, the internship.

Upon completion of all fieldwork and course requirements, the student begins the Internship. In these final two semesters of study, the student works part-time or full-time in an approved clinical site for a total of 1000 hours, learning to assume the complete range of professional responsibilities of a music therapist. During this time, the student receives close and continuous supervision from qualified music therapists on site as well as from their academic instructors who lead the on-campus, weekly seminar that the student is required to attend..

Ttime to completion of the degree can be shortened by taking summer courses. This allows the student to begin the internship during the senior or 4th year.




Course are listed in the number order, not necessarily the order they are taken.

Functional Voice (3631,3632) 1 credit each: Two semester course for music therapy majors only. Students will learn the following skills: how to use their voices appropriately and safely in clinical situations; how to elicit singing responses from various client populations based on vocal characteristics; and how to sing standard clinical repertoire by memory.

Functional Piano (3633,3634) 1 credit each: Two-semester course. Students learn how to use the piano for leading sessions and how to play various accompanying styles suitable for different client groups in music therapy.

Functional Guitar (3635,3636) 1 credit each: Two-semester course. Students will learn different accompanying styles, and various chord changes used for work with the various populations encountered in music therapy settings.

Fieldwork in Music Therapy (3689). 2 credits each. Students work as apprentices, learning skills in observation, session planning and patient interaction through music therapy while under joint supervision of an on-site professional music therapist and academic faculty.

Music Therapy Overview (4611) 3 credits: An introduction to music therapy theory and practice. Clinical case studies will be used to illustrate general principles of assessment, goal planning, treatment, and evaluation.

Music Therapy Foundations (4613) 3 credits: An examination of philosophical, psychological, musicological, biological and sociological foundations for the use of music as therapy.

Psychiatric Music Therapy (4614) 3 credits: An examination of music therapy practice with psychiatric populations (e.g., schizophrenia, affective disorders, PTSD), with laboratory training in how to design and implement music experiences to meet therapeutic goals.

Developmental Music Therapy (4616) 3 credits: An examination of music therapy methods used with children who have developmental problems (e.g., mental retardation, learning disabilities, autism, behavior problems, sensory disorders) with laboratory training in how to design and implement music experiences to meet therapeutic needs.

Music Therapy Ethics (4618) 2 credits: An examination of ethical issues in music therapy practice, research, education, and supervision.

Medical/Rehabilitative Music Therapy (4619) 3 credits: An examination of music therapy treatment in physical rehabilitation treatment ( e.g, brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, neuromotor disease) and in medical issues (surgery, diabetes, cancer, AIDS) with laboratory training in how to design and implement music experiences to meet therapeutic goals.

Music Therapy Experience I: Creative Methods (4641) 1 credit, A course where students experience creative methods of music therapy and explore their therapeutic potential.

Music Therapy Experience II: Recreative Methods (4642) 1 credit. A course where students experience recreative methods of music therapy and explore their therapeutic potential.

Music Therapy Experience III: Receptive Methods (4643) 1 credit.  A course where students experience receptive methods of music therapy and explore their therapeutic potential.

Music Therapy Clinical Internship (4685) 1-6 credits: This internship is the culmination of the student's education prior to certification. Students work as apprentice music therapists under joint supervision of an on-site professional music therapist and academic faculty. Students gradually assume full responsibility for all aspects of music therapy clinical work at the training site. A weekly seminar at Temple is required.

Music Therapy Research (4696) 3 credits: An introduction to qualitative and quantitative research in music therapy.






Dr. Kenneth Aigen is the Coordinator of the undergraduate program. His email is kaigen@temple.edu and his telephone number is 215-204-8311. Contact him if you have any questions regarding the undergraduate curriculum, graduate equivalency program, pre-professional clinical training, advisement, and registration. To see his curriculum vitae go to the Faculty Information Page.

Department of Music Education and Therapy