As a Queens music therapy major, you will become more musically literate and develop a lifelong appreciation for music. You also 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 both children and adults maintain or improve cognitive, social, motor or language skills. You may do so through singing, playing instruments, improvising, songwriting, movement or music assisted relaxation. During your Queens experience, you will choose a primary instrument and become proficient in piano, voice and guitar. As a music therapy major, you will also complete a minor in psychology.
General Education Requirements
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 entire four years of study. Queens is one of the only programs in the country to provide hands-on experience for freshmen. As a sophomore, junior and senior, you also will receive clinical training in various education, residential and medical facilities in the community.
- On-Campus Music Therapy Clinic
Queens is one of a few universities in the Southeast with an on-site clinic. You will work in the clinic providing therapy to children and young adults with special needs.
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.
When You Graduate
Upon graduation, our music therapy majors will use their talent and compassion to assist children and adults with cognitive, psychiatric, developmental, speech, hearing, physical and neurological impairments. Music therapy majors may be employed in general and psychiatric hospitals, community medical health facilities, daycares and schools, assisted living facilities and private practices.
Some students have gone on to pursue graduate studies in various masters programs such as music therapy, music psychotherapy, music education.
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.