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Music Therapy, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Dayton, OH, United States
Music therapy is an interpersonal process in which music is used to optimize health. As a music therapist, you'll help individuals with disabilities, illnesses, and unique needs to reach their potential and lead more satisfying lives.
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  • In the music therapy program, you will explore your personal relationship with music and develop professional skills, values, and attitudes necessary to conduct effective and compassionate clinical work with others. The program prepares you to assess client need and design individualized experiences in music composition, listening, improvisation, and performance. You will learn to evaluate and document therapeutic outcomes as a critical aspect of the treatment process.
  • Preclinical training in community and campus-based settings provides you with hands-on leadership experience. Volunteer service-learning, professional conferences, and research opportunities are readily available.
  • Our program prepares you for acceptance to an approved, intensive music therapy internship. Upon successful completion of the internship and subsequent board certification, you will be eligible to practice music therapy in a wide variety of educational, health, and mental health settings.
  • The University of Dayton is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and the music therapy curriculum is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    131 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • MUS 233 Eurhythmics
  • MUS 282 Functional Music Therapy Skills
  • MUS 285 Introduction to Music Therapy
  • MUS 286 Music Therapy Methods
  • MUS 289 Practicum in Music Therapy III
  • MUS 290 Music Therapy Treatment Processes
  • MUS 381 Clinical & Educational Music Improvisation I
  • MUS 382 Clinical & Educational Music Improvisation II
  • MUS 385 Music Therapy Principles
  • MUS 386 Music & Psychotherapy
  • ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience
  • PSY 101Introductory Psychology (Satisfies CAP Social Science)
  • PSY 351Child Psychology
  • PSY 355Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSY 363Abnormal Psychology
  • MUS 195 Beginning Guitar Class I
  • MUS 295 Beginning Guitar Class II
  • MUS 338 Percussion Pedagogy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Undergraduate International AdmissionInternational students applying for first-year or transfer admission to the University of Dayton must submit the following documents:
  • Application, including the essay. International students may complete either the Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship or the Common Application. There is no application fee.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Official copy of secondary transcripts (in language of original issue) of all previously attended secondary schools, including dates of attendance, all subjects studied, grades earned and marks achieved on examinations; any transcripts not issued in English should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • TOEFL score (or equivalent).
  • F-1 and J-1 students must provide a letter of financial support and a bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the first year of study.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39090 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39090 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dayton

  • 880 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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