Music Therapy

Master's Degree Program


The graduate program at Western Michigan University includes the examination of current research and issues affecting the clinical, academic, and professional preparation of music therapists under the direction of three Board Certified Music Therapists on the faculty. Clinical application is also stressed culminating with the development of a "model of practice" in music therapy at a local facility. Course work in many other cognate areas is also available to the music therapy graduate student including counseling, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology, holistic health, and gerontology, among others.

Candidates for the Master of Music degree in music therapy must have an earned baccalaureate degree in music or its equivalent and either be board certified or working toward board certification. Graduate assistantships are available annually to qualified graduate students in music therapy. The duties of a graduate assistant include the teaching of lower level music therapy courses and clinical supervision of practicum courses.

Candidates must complete a preliminary examination in functional piano as well as in music history and music theory. No GRE scores or formal audition are required as part of the application process.

Click Here for a Master's Degree Curriculum Guide pdf file

Click Here for a list of Graduate Program non-music electives pdf file

Click Here for a Graduate Scholarship Application word document

Click Here for the Master's Degree Worksheet

Download and complete the application and return a copy in one of three ways:

  1. E-mail it to Edward Roth:
  2. Fax it to: (269) 387-1113
  3. Send a hard copy via mail to:
    Edward Roth
    School of Music
    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5434

Depending on when you enter the program, it is possible to complete degree requirements in one calendar year via the Express Master's plan.

Express Master's

Graduate students entering the program in even-numbered years (e.g. Summer II, 2010, Summer II, 2012, etc.) may complete the degree requirements in one calendar year. This option is only available to board certified music therapists and is intended to address the needs of practicing clinicians desiring a graduate education but with a minimum disruption in their personal and professional lives. The majority of coursework (excluding the thesis) can be completed during the Summer II, Fall and Spring semesters. Depending on the student's academic background, some requirements may be fulfilled prior to admission or during the two summer semesters concomitant with completion of the thesis. A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be eligible for transfer into the program from another university, contingent upon approval by the Director of Music Therapy

Click Here for an Express Master's Curriculum Guide pdf file



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Music Therapy Program
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5433 USA
(269) 387-4679
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