BM IN Music Therapy
Art, Design and Music Department
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.
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.
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.