Eligibility for Admissions
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Intensive Retreats & Online Learning
The doctoral program at
Temple University is a true PhD in music therapy. Rather than having
music therapy as a minor or elective track within another field,
or as merely the main topic for the dissertation, the program has
music therapy as the major area of study with its own core curriculum
of advanced music therapy courses, supported by studies in research,
music, and related health disciplines. The program has undergone
extensive reviews and has already been granted plan approval by
the National Association of Schools of Music. It is the first of
its kind in the USA .
Purpose of the PhD Program
aim of the PhD is to prepare skilled and experienced clinicians
to become competent scholars who will make significant contributions
to research and theory in the field. More specific objectives are:
prepare individuals to conduct research and develop theory, with
opportunities to study both quantitative and qualitative research
provide opportunities for the further development of clinical
expertise in two advanced areas of practice: Music Medicine and
provide opportunities for gaining expertise in an area of specialization
within the above two areas of practice (e.g., a particular client
population, methodology, or research paradigm).
provide opportunities to develop expertise and skill in college-teaching
and clinical supervision.
apply, individuals must meet all doctoral admission requirements
of the University (See Graduate Bulletin). In addition, applicants
a bachelor's degree in any music-related area or its equivalent;
professional certification in music therapy;
at least five years of full-time clinical experience as a professional
music therapist (or its equivalent);
earned a master's degree in music therapy or related area or satisfactorily
completed 18 graduate credits in music therapy, including the
following courses at Temple
, or similar courses from another
accredited graduate music therapy program:
Qualitative Research in Music Therapy (2 sh). .
Quantitative Research in Music Therapy (2 sh).
Music Psychotherapy (2).
Music in Medicine (2).
Music Therapy Education and Supervision (2 sh).
Music Therapy Ethics (2 sh).
Independent Project in Music Therapy (2 semesters @ 3 sh each).
for the PhD in Music Therapy are considered only once per year---during
the spring semester; and students are admitted to these programs
only once per year---in the fall semester. All application materials
must be received, and all auditions and interviews must be completed
by February 1st to be considered for admission in September. Applicants
for financial aid must have a live audition and personal interview.
Aid & Doctoral Assistantship
limited number of assistantships are available to qualified applicants
who plan to enroll on a full-time basis and reside in the Philadelphia
area. Students must apply for the assistantship, complete all admission
requirements (including audition and interview), and submit all
supporting materials by February 1st . All assistantships are awarded
for a two-semester period beginning in the September, and are renewable
for a maximum of two additional semesters. The assistantships are
awarded on the basis of academic background, work experience, musicianship,
and potential for the field. Applications for the assistantship
are included in the admission packet.
applicants are also encouraged to apply for University Scholarships,
assistantships, and federal loans. Loan recipients must carry at
least five credit hours per semester. In addition, Temple has an
easy payment plan (TEPP) which enables students to pay tuition and
fees in monthly installments. For more information, contact the
Financial Aid Office.
the first semester of study, all music therapy doctoral students
will take written entrance examinations to cover each of the following
core areas of the MMT and PhD programs:
- Research in Music Therapy
(Quantitative and Qualitative Paradigms)
- Theoretical Foundations
of Music Therapy
- Music Medicine
- Music Psychotherapy
- Music Therapy Ethics
may waive any of the examinations for students who, in the previous
five years, have taken these graduate courses at Temple (or equivalent
courses elsewhere), and earned a grade of B or better. In addition,
students may opt to waive any portion of the text and take the appropriate
course(s) at Temple instead.
exams are based on existing course and comprehensive exams for the
MMT program at Temple . The exams will be graded by three MT faculty,
using a five-point rating scale. A passing grade for each question
is an average rating of 3.0. If students fail any of the questions,
a remediation plan will be developed by the MT faculty, taking into
consideration the student's responses on the test, his/her circumstances,
and place of residence. Some students may take courses in the MMT
program, others may be asked to do assigned readings, others may
take a re-test after study. Credits earned in remediation may not
apply toward the degree.
Temple 's music therapy
programs are accredited by the National
Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the American
Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
Coordinator of the PhD
program serves as the academic advisor for all incoming doctoral
students. Upon satisfactory completion of 30 credits and the preliminary
examination, the student selects a major advisor who guides the
dissertation proposal and serves as chair of the dissertation committee.
students enrolled in the program are expected to consult with the
Coordinator of the PhD program during the advisement period prior
to registration. Registration may be done over the telephone or
online at OWLnet, Temple 's
online service. This, however, does not apply to new students, who
must register through the Assistant Dean's Office (Mr. David Brown,
email@example.com). All students must register
prior to the deadlines in order to avoid the late fee. Refer to
for details. Upon admission to the program, students will receive
further instructions on registration.
prerequisite courses are as follows:
647 Qualitative Research in Music Therapy (2 sh).
649 Quantitative Research in Music Therapy (2 sh).
646 Music Psychotherapy (2).
688 Music in Medicine (2).
689 Music Therapy Education and Supervision (2 sh).
694 Music Therapy Ethics (2 sh).
624 Independent Project in Music Therapy (2 semesters @ 3
student and advisor will design a program of study and submit a
tentative list of courses to the Coordinator and to the Associate
Dean of Music. A total of 63 credits (including dissertation) is
required beyond the 18 graduate pre-requisite credits, for a total
of 81 beyond the bachelor's degree. Individuals who already hold
a master's degree from another university may receive advanced standing
for up to 30 credits; those with an MMT from Temple
a maximum or 36 credits. Advanced standing will be determined on
an individual basis by the Coordinator of the PhD program, based
on course topics and student competence. Required doctoral coursework
will be distributed as follows:
|Music Therapy (Required & Elective Cores)
|Supportive Courses in Music
|Supportive Courses outside of Music
Therapy: Required Core (12 credits):
take the following:
Research in Music Psychotherapy (3 sh)
Research in Music Medicine (3 sh)
Theory Development in Music Therapy (3 sh)
Music Therapy Doctoral Seminar (3 sh)
Therapy: Elective Core (12 credits).
Advanced Topics in Music Psychotherapy (1-4)
Advanced Topics in Music Medicine (1-4)
Apprenticeship in Music Therapy Education (1 sh)
Models of Clinical Supervision in Music Therapy (3 sh)
take 9 graduate credits in Music, Music Studies, or Music Education.
Outside of Music:
take 9 credits outside of the Boyer College in courses which relate
to the student's clinical or research interests (e.g., in the creative
arts, medicine, communication, psychology, health, special education).
take 12 credits in Research which include at least 6 in Statistics.
The remaining 6 may be elective in either quantitative or qualitative
take a minimum of 9 credits in dissertation, including one semester
devoted to development of the proposal, and a minimum of two semesters
of supervised dissertation research. A maximum of 9 credits in dissertation
may be applied towards the degree.
No grade below "B-" may be applied toward the degree.
All grades of "Incomplete" must be removed before
the preliminary examinations may be taken.
are encouraged to experience music therapy as a client for a
period of at least one year during PhD studies. When undertaken,
these experiences must be arranged and implemented independently,
without faculty involvement, and not in conjunction with any
course at Temple .
assistants must take Apprenticeship 789 throughout their entire
first year of teaching (2 semesters @ 1 sh each).
completion of at least 30 credits toward the degree and prior
to registering for dissertation proposal, student take a preliminary
examination covering clinical practice, research, theory, education,
and supervision in music therapy. See next section for
must satisfactorily complete and defend a dissertation prior
to granting of the degree. See below.
completion of at least 30 credits towards the degree and prior to
registering for dissertation proposal (899), students must submit
a preliminary examination. The examination consists of seven projects
that originate in and are completed as part of required coursework
(e.g., doctoral core courses, MT apprenticeships). The required
research study (quantitative, qualitative, historical, or theoretical)
course or degree proposal
CMTE course for presentation at a conference
or three book reviews, at least one to submitted for publication
paper, project, or grant proposal on choice of topic (e.g., supervision,
education, ethics, licensing/certification, accreditation/approval).
clinical paper or project
self-awareness paper or project
guidelines for each project are provided upon entering the program.
Depending on the size and scope of any project undertaken by the
student, the doctoral coordinator may reduce the number of required
projects with approval of the music therapy faculty.
three full-time music therapy faculty serve as the examining committee.
The examiners grade the written component independently, assigning
a grade to each question using the rating scale: 5=excellent answer;
4= good; 3= acceptable, 2=less than acceptable, and 1=unacceptable
answer. In order for a question to be judged "passed"
the total score achieved for that question must be a "9"
or above. The oral component will give the examiners an opportunity
for follow up on all the projects submitted, and particularly those
that were rated below “9.” Upon completion of the oral component,
the examining committee will determine whether the student passed
or failed; if any portion of the examination is failed, the committee
will specify in writing: whether permission will be granted to re-do
the examination; which parts of the examination must be redone;
and the conditions under which the student will be permitted to
do so. Students will be given only one opportunity to re-take the
examination or any portion thereof.
COMMITTEE AND PROPOSAL
passing the preliminary examination, the student petitions the Director
of Graduate Studies in Music to assign a dissertation committee
of three members, including the advisor and two additional graduate
faculty members. The student then registers for "Dissertation
Proposal" (899), and develops a dissertation proposal in consultation
with the advisor. (See the Graduate Bulletin for regulations regarding
this course and the dissertation proposal). The dissertation proposal
must be approved by the student's dissertation committee. Its format
should comply with the Graduate School requirements for the final
finished document. One copy of the approved proposal, signed by
the advisor and the committee members, must be submitted to the
Assistant Dean of Music for placement in the student's permanent
file, within 30 days of its approval. The student achieves candidacy
status upon satisfactory completion of the preliminary examination
and approval of a dissertation proposal.
Research in Music Psychotherapy (3 credits). A critical examination
of foundational and efficacy research on the use of music in psychotherapy,
with special emphasis on the qualitative literature.
Research in Music Medicine (3 credits). A critical examination of
foundational and efficacy research on the use of music in medicine,
with special emphasis on the quantitative literature.
Apprenticeship in Music Therapy Education (1 credits). Faculty provide
doctoral students with close supervision as they assist in the teaching
and supervision of undergraduate music therapy students. Supervision
will include review of lesson plans, live observations, and weekly
group seminars. All teaching assistants must take this course for
at least two semesters.
Models of Clinical Supervision in Music Therapy (3 credits). An
in-depth examination of various models of music therapy supervision
appropriate for undergraduate education and professional practice,
including psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral models. Emphasis
will be given to the use of music and various music therapy techniques
as a form of supervision.
Theory Development in Music Therapy (3 credits). An examination
of the nature of theory and the theorizing process in music therapy,
with emphasis on comparing existing theories according to type,
topic, objective and methodology. Students will be asked to develop
their own mini-theory based on practice and/or research.
Music Therapy Research Apprenticeship (1-3 credits). Graduate students
assist faculty in any or all phases of research: designing and conducting
a study, writing up the results, and submitting the study for publication.
Open to graduate students only, by permission of the instructor.
Music Therapy Doctoral Seminar (1-3 credits). An integration of
theory, research and practice around each student's interest or
Advanced Topics in Music Psychotherapy (1-4). An in-depth examination
of practice, research and/or theory in areas of specialization in
music psychotherapy. Topics
Imagery and Music I (3)
Imagery and Music II (3)
Music Therapy I (3)
Music Therapy II (3)
Advanced Topics in Music Medicine (1-4). An in-depth examination
of practice, research, and/or theory in areas of specialization
in music medicine.
Therapy in Cancer Care (3): An in-depth examination of research
and practice in music therapy with cancer patients, with an emphasis
on biopsychosocial models.
Therapy for Terminal Illness: Advanced training in the use of
music therapy in stages of the dying process. Physiological, psychological,
social and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients are considered
within the context of music therapy process.
Therapy and Pain Management (3) An in-depth examination of specific
improvisational, recreative, receptive and compositional methods
used to treat chronic, acute and procedural pain in children and
Therapy for Hospitalized Children. An in-depth examination of
research and practice in music therapy with hospitalized children
who have a variety of medical problems.
Music Therapy Dissertation Proposal (3 credits). Upon passing the
preliminary examination, doctoral students work with their major
advisor to develop a dissertation proposal that is acceptable to
the dissertation committee.
Music Therapy Doctoral Dissertation. Upon acceptance of the proposal,
students work with their major advisor and in consultation with
their committee to complete their dissertation research. An oral
defense is required upon completion of the dissertation.
Learning Retreats & Online Learning
in the PhD program are offered through various combinations of
intensive learning retreats and online instruction via the "Blackboard"
program. The amount of time spent in class versus online varies
according to the content and objectives of each course. Some courses
require the full 12-13 hours per credit in class time, while others
require less in-class time with more instructional time online.
Depending on which courses a student takes, he or she may attend
one or two retreats per semester. Each retreat lasts from 8-10
days, but students only attend those days on which your classes
meet. The learning retreats are held at either Temple
University Center City Campus (TUCC) or Presser Hall Room
327 on the main campus. Click
here for maps and directions.
registered, students will receive more information regarding classroom
location, time and dates, accommodations for the intensive retreats,
and instructions on accessing blackboard online learning program.
Kenneth Bruscia is
the Coordinator of the PhD program. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
and his telephone number is 215-204-8314. Contact him
if you have any questions regarding the doctoral curriculum, requirements,
advisement, and registration. To see his curriculum vitae go to