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Music Therapy, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Berea, SC, United States
Transform your passion for helping others into a compelling career that puts you at the center of a rewarding profession as a music therapist. We offer a bachelor degree in Music Therapy at the Baldwin Wallace University. 
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Music therapists are health professionals who utilize music within a therapeutic relationship to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.

Baldwin Wallace University's Music Therapy program will help you acquire the knowledge, skills, technical competencies and professional perspectives to prepare for a meaningful career.

Your studies will include comprehensive, rigorous coursework and practical experiences. The program conforms to the guidelines set by the American Music Therapy Association.

Real-world experience is key. At BW, you'll be participating in field experiences beginning in your sophomore year. You'll have four semesters of direct client contact in one-to-one and group settings. The culmination of your studies is a six-month, full-time music therapy internship.

Small classes, personalized attention and faculty mentoring are at the forefront of the program. BW's faculty-student ratio is 7:1 for the Conservatory of Music.

BW faculty are established professionals with real-world experience, impressive credentials and networking connections. They bring decades of experiences to the classroom, studio and clinical settings.

Career Opportunities

Board-certified (MT-BC) music therapists may work in a variety of clinical and independent settings that include:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Group homes
  • Rehabilitation center
  • Public schools
  • Mental health institutions
  • Hospice

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • As a music therapy major, you'll graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree.
  • BW's music therapy major offers an outstanding foundation for students interested in immediate employment as well as graduate school. It can be studied as a single major or companion field of study for a double major.
  • You'll study music theory, history and literature, tonal harmony, Solfège and more. You'll also take classes in psychology, sociology, education and other pertinent topics. Outside the classroom, you'll take private lessons and participate in a major ensemble and other performance activities.
  • As a music therapy student, you'll complete four semesters of direct client contact in one-to-one and group settings at approved practicum sites – hospitals, nursing homes, adult day care centers, public schools, nonprofit agencies and other facilities.

English Language Requirements

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    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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General Requirements

  • Application
  • Secondary School Transcripts
  • Secondary School Report Form
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Complete the International Student Certification of Financial Support Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34504 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34504 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    34504 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34504 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Berea

  • 1575 - 2740 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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