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BM IN Music Therapy

College of Arts and Sciences

Art, Design and Music Department

On Campus

Learn to use music as a therapeutic medium to maintain or improve cognitive, social, motor and language skills.

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.

Music therapy major

"Queens has superbly prepared me for my career. The classes in my major were absolutely outstanding. The well-rounded education I received has made me a critical thinker and I have gained a great understanding of ethics and virtues." -Ava Marvin '17

Hands-On Professional Development

On-Site 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 people of all ages with varying abilities. You will have experience in the clinic under the supervision of a board certified music therapist (MT-BC). Beginning your freshman year, you will undergo supervised clinical training within various community settings, including educational, residential and medical facilities.

Research and Connect: Twice a year, music therapy students have the opportunity to participate in conferences such as the Southeastern Regional Music Therapy Conference with peers and faculty. Not only will you learn a lot from experts and emerging scholars in the field, but the event offers great networking opportunities.

Service: From visiting patients and playing at Seacrest Studios at the Levine Hospital to hosting DrumSTRONG fundraising efforts, music therapy and music majors alike will be able to use their talents to help with great causes.

Post-Graduate Internship

After graduation, students will apply for a six-month internship approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA); once completed, you are then eligible to take the National Board Certification Examination to become a board certified music therapist.

Around the world, this certification is recognized as a major credential. A number of our students have gone on to practice music therapy abroad. If adventure is calling you, this is a great opportunity.

Financial Aid Opportunities

Students majoring in music therapy have unique opportunities for scholarships. Learn more about music and music therapy scholarships.

Perrin Thompson
Student StoryPerrin Thompson '16
"Interning in a preschool for disabled preschoolers in Dublin, Ireland, really solidified for me that I am pursuing the right field for me. I was able to lead daily music therapy sessions with two preschool groups of children with various physical and intellectual disabilities."
Music therapy study abroad programs
Extended ClassroomStudy Abroad
Our students have taken their studies across the globe to places such as Italy, Jamaica, Ecuador, Ghana and Ireland for both faculty-led trips and internships.
Jessi Wright
Student StoryJessi Wright '18
"This major is especially amazing because I have been working with clients since my freshman year. This hands-on experience throughout all four years is one thing that Queens offers in its music therapy program that is not offered at hardly any other schools."

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