As a Queens music therapy major, you will become a versatile musician and develop strong clinical skills. You will graduate with a degree in a field that is a growing profession worldwide. You will learn to use music as a therapeutic medium to help individuals of all ages maintain or improve abilities in cognitive, social, motor and/or language skills through singing, playing instruments, improvising, songwriting, expressive movement and music-assisted relaxation. In addition to advancing your skills on your primary instrument, you will become proficient in piano, voice, guitar and percussion. As a music therapy major, you also will complete a minor in psychology.
Perks of Being a Music Therapy Major
- Hands-On Experience
Under the supervision of a Board Certified Music Therapist, you will gain rich, clinical experience throughout your four years. Queens is one of the only programs in the country to provide hands-on experience for freshmen. As a sophomore, junior and senior, you will receive clinical training in various education, residential and medical facilities.
- On-Campus Music Therapy Clinic
Queens is one of the few universities in the Southeast with an on-site music therapy clinic. The clinic provides music therapy services to children and young adults with varying abilities. You will have experience in the clinic under the supervision of a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC).
Following the completion of your coursework at Queens, you will complete an internship that has been approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). You will have the opportunity to apply to a variety of sites nationwide including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, substance abuse programs, mental health centers, developmental centers, memory care facilities, hospice programs, private clinics and public schools.
Upon completion of your internship, you will be eligible to take the National Board Certification Examination to become a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). An MT-BC can work in a variety of clinical settings. Music therapists often form their own private clinical practice.