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BM in Music Therapy

College of Arts and Sciences

Art, Design and Music Department

On Campus

Develop strong clinical therapeutic skills.

As a music therapy major, you will become a versatile musician and develop strong clinical therapeutic skills. In addition to advancing your skills on your primary instrument, you will become proficient in piano, voice, guitar and percussion. You will master music therapy techniques that address a client’s physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural needs. You will graduate with a degree in a field that is a growing profession worldwide. As a music therapy major, you also will complete a minor in psychology.

Ava Marvin

"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 two on-sitemusic therapy clinics. On-Campus clinics provide the community with affordable music therapy services and allow our students to gain a wide experience of music therapy. You will have experience in the clinic under the supervision of a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) beginning your freshman year.

Work with Clients Starting your First Semester of Study: We believe that all students need to have weekly clinical experiences with clients starting their first semester at Queens. Early clinical experiences allow students to observe and work with Board Certified Music Therapists while building foundational music therapy skills and help students determine if music therapy is the right career for them.

Additional Clinical Training: Our students receive additional supervised clinical experiences in various community settings. Overall, for clinical training, our students have 14 clinical placements both on campus and off campus (addictions treatment, special education settings, hospitals, mental health facilities, etc.). Our location allows those experiences to be within short driving distances.

Research and Connect: Twice a year, music therapy students have the opportunity to participate in conferences such as the American Music Therapy Association National Conference and 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 also participate in 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 completing on-campus coursework requirements, students apply for an internship, usually six-months long, approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Once completed, they will receive their diploma and are then eligible to take the National Board Certification Examination to become a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC). In the U.S. and around the world, this certification is recognized as a major credential.


Our experienced faculty are passionate about their field. With their extensive knowledge and background, they are prepared to work closely with you as you pursue a degree in music therapy. Meet your professors.

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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