Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36 for the M.M.T.; 63 for the Music Therapy/Combined Master's Equivalency Program; 12 to add the Licensed Professional Counselor option.

Required Courses:

Master of Music Therapy

M.M.T. Core Courses
MUED 8601Qualitative Research in Music Therapy3
MUED 8602Quantitative Research in Music Therapy3
MUED 8603Theories of Music Psychotherapy2
MUED 8615Adv Mus Thrpy Clin Trng1
MUED 8617Multicultural Music Therapy2
MUED 8618Music in Medicine2
MUED 8621Music Therapy Ethics2
MUED 8626Models of Clinical Supervision in Music Therapy2
MUED 9687Advanced Music Therapy Practicum1
MUED 9995Master's Final Project3
Electives 115
Recommended courses include:
MUED 8611
Music Therapy Research
MUED 8612
Music Therapy Foundation
MUED 9660
Advanced Topics in Music Psychotherapy
MUED 9670
Advanced Topics in Music Medicine
MUED 9680
Music Therapy: Special Topics
Total Credit Hours36
1

Select from Music, Music Education, Music Studies, Music Therapy, and other graduate departments. Advisor approval required.

Music Therapy/Combined Master's Equivalency Program

MUED 3689Fieldwork in Music Therapy2
MUED 3789Fieldwork in Music Therapy II2
MUED 3889Fieldwork in Music Therapy III2
MUED 4611Music Therapy Overview3
MUED 4614Psychiatric Music Therapy3
MUED 4616Developmental Music Therapy3
MUED 4619Medical/Rehabilitative Music Therapy3
MUED 4641Music Therapy Experiences I: Creative Methods1
MUED 4642Music Therapy Experiences II: Recreative Methods1
MUED 4643Music Therapy Experiences III: Receptive Methods1
MUED 4685Music Therapy Clinical Internship6
MUED 8601Qualitative Research in Music Therapy3
MUED 8602Quantitative Research in Music Therapy3
MUED 8603Theories of Music Psychotherapy2
MUED 8615Adv Mus Thrpy Clin Trng1
MUED 8617Multicultural Music Therapy2
MUED 8618Music in Medicine2
MUED 8621Music Therapy Ethics2
MUED 8626Models of Clinical Supervision in Music Therapy2
MUED 9687Advanced Music Therapy Practicum1
MUED 9995Master's Final Project3
Electives 115
Recommended courses include:
MUED 8611
Music Therapy Research
MUED 8612
Music Therapy Foundation
MUED 9660
Advanced Topics in Music Psychotherapy
MUED 9670
Advanced Topics in Music Medicine
MUED 9680
Music Therapy: Special Topics
Total Credit Hours63
1

Select from Music, Music Education, Music Studies, Music Therapy, and other graduate departments. Advisor approval required.

Master of Music Therapy - Licensed Professional Counselor Program

CPSY 5519Group Counseling3
CPSY 5593Career Counseling and Development3
CPSY 5694Introduction to Assessment3
EPSY 5541Concepts in Human Development3
Total Credit Hours12

Additional Requirements:
Diagnostic Examination:
The Diagnostic Examination in Voice, Piano, and Guitar is required for all students entering the master’s degree program in Music Therapy. The examination covers two broad areas of competence:

  1. the ability to sing and play a large repertoire of songs from the standard, popular, traditional, folk, rock, or country literature; and
  2. the ability to sight-sing and sight-harmonize songs from a fake book.

For the examination, students bring a list of at least 12 songs that they are prepared to sing and play. The examiners then select one or more songs to be sung and played on the piano, and one or more to be sung and played on the guitar. In the next portion of the examination, students are asked to sight-sing and sight-harmonize tunes from a fake book, using piano and guitar as accompaniments.

If a student has not studied voice, piano, and/or guitar, or if the student is not prepared to play popular music or use a fake book, s/he may waive any or all portions of the examination and opt to take the appropriate remedial course(s). This is not unusual. Most students entering the program need instruction or practice in one or more of these areas. Students are therefore encouraged to view this as merely a placement examination. Depending on each student’s background and competence, as demonstrated on the examination, students may be placed in the following remedial courses for 1 credit each:

MUSC 1211Voice Class1
MUSC 1212Voice Class1
MUED 3631Functional Voice I1
MUED 3632Functional Voice II1
MUST 2105Jazz Secondary Piano1
MUST 2106Jazz Secondary Piano1
MUST 3105Jazz Class Piano1
MUST 3106Jazz Class Piano1
Functional Piano 36331
Functional Piano 36341
MUED 1658Guitar I1
MUED 1659Guitar II1
MUED 3635Functional Guitar I1
MUED 3636Functional Guitar II1

Credits earned in required remedial courses do not apply toward the master’s degree.

NOTE:  All students must present themselves for the Diagnostic Examination at the designated time. Students who wish to waive any portion of the examination by taking the remedial courses are still required to present themselves for the scheduled Diagnostic Examination, unless they send written notification to the Music Therapy faculty stating their intent to waive all portions of the exam. When students waive all portions of the exam, they are required to take all remedial coursework without any further opportunity for taking or retaking the examination.

Clinical Experience:
Ongoing clinical experience is required.

Tuition and Fee Payments:
All tuition and fees must be paid according to the deadlines given by the Bursar's Office at the time of registration. This means that all payments must be received prior to the first day of the term in which the course is offered—not prior to the first day of the course, which in Music Therapy may be very late in the term. When payments are not received by the University deadlines for each term, registrations are automatically canceled, and late fees are imposed for reregistering. Often students do not receive written notification of this until well into the term. Students are encouraged to be punctual in meeting all registration deadlines, as failure to do so is very costly—in time, effort, and money.

Professional Development Policy:
In addition to taking the required subjects for their degrees, all students in the Boyer College of Music and Dance are obligated to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich their academic and musical expertise. Boyer College of Music and Dance believes that such experiences give impetus to successful professional careers. Among the duties that may be required are conducting laboratory classes; tutoring; teaching private lessons; coaching; participating in the distribution and inventory control of Temple University-owned musical instruments and instructional materials; participating in ensembles; accompanying; performing at admissions and open house events; supervising performance classes; and engaging in other academic activities.

Independent Study Courses:
Independent study courses provide a special opportunity for graduate students to work in a highly individualized setting with one or more faculty members. All such study must receive the approval of the faculty member providing the instruction, the students' major advisor, and the Associate Dean. Approval is granted only after the student has presented a detailed description of the intended independent study project. Approval of independent study projects is granted only for students whose academic and musical record provides substantial support for the benefits of this type of study. In no case may more than 20% of a graduate student's curriculum be taken as independent study. Private lessons beyond those required in the curriculum are not an appropriate form of independent study.

Acceptable English:
All students, including those for whom English is not the native language, are expected to present all written work in acceptable English. No double standard exists to differentiate students on the basis of proficiency in the use of the English language. Students are also responsible for becoming familiar with the College's statement on plagiarism and academic honesty.

Applied Music Study:

  1. Graduate students in non-performing curricula may take up to 6 credits of applied study toward the degree with the permission of the major advisor. Such non-required lessons may be taken only if the student can pass the normal graduate-level performing audition expected of performance majors. In this event, a fee of $200, not covered by tuition remission, is charged.
  2. Regardless of major, graduate students with a demonstrable performing proficiency that may not meet the more rigorous requirements of a graduate-level audition may, by audition, qualify to take 2 credits of applied study per term for graduate credit. These courses carry a fee of $400 plus tuition and may be applied to the non-performing curriculum for degree credit. Up to 6 credits may be taken with the approval of the major advisor.
  3. Graduate assistantships and other forms of University-sponsored financial aid do not cover private lesson or Recital Extension fees.

Incompletes:
All incomplete grades must be fulfilled within one year.

Culminating Events:
Comprehensive Examination:
Upon completion of the final projects and with permission of the Program Coordinator, the student may request permission to take the written qualifying examination. Students should contact the Program Coordinator regarding administration dates of the comprehensive examination.

The written qualifying examination in Music Therapy does not limit its scope to the coursework taken at Boyer College of Music and Dance. Instead, the student is expected to study comprehensively in preparation for this examination. The written qualifying examination in Music Therapy covers:

  1. Basic methods and techniques of Music Therapy.
  2. Principles of assessment and evaluation.
  3. Various client populations.
  4. Various theoretical approaches to individual and group therapy.
  5. Existing research literature and research approaches.
  6. Professional ethics.

Final Project:
As part of the Music Therapy curriculum, students undertake a final project that encompasses a pilot research study.