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Music Therapy, BM

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, PA,
Music therapy is a field that uses music along with the personality of the therapist as a treatment for rehabilitating, maintaining, and improving the lives of persons with physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities. 


As a member of the therapeutic team, the music therapist participates in assessing problems, setting treatment goals, and planning and carrying out music experiences to meet these goals.

Career opportunities are available for music therapists in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, community mental health clinics, nursing homes, day care centers, and correctional facilities. Some music therapists establish their own private studios, usually working with clients referred by local health professionals. In addition, some public school systems are beginning to include music therapists in their special education programs.

Music therapy students can be involved in the campus Music Therapy Club, which promotes the profession, offers workshops for members and other interested students, and organizes service projects. Club members also participate in both the regional and national professional student organizations of the American Music Therapy Association. Through this involvement they have opportunities for leadership, scholarships, and participation at professional conferences.

Music therapy students have the opportunity to take field trips and observe music therapy clinical work in their freshman year. Six semesters of further clinical experience in a variety of community settings provide practical application of music therapy course work. A senior practicum course provides an opportunity to mentor and supervise beginning music therapy students in the clinical experience. A required six-month music therapy internship culminates the educational program with placement opportunities in approximately 150 clinical settings throughout the United States. Professional music therapists supervise the internship programs, which meet the training requirements of the American Music Therapy Association. Students may select an internship in settings such as hospitals, clinics, day care facilities, schools, community mental health centers, substance abuse facilities, nursing homes, hospice, rehabilitation centers, and correctional facilities. Several Slippery Rock University alumni have found employment at their internship facility.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Theory and Analysis
  • Musicianship Skills
  • Percussion Methods
  • Music Theory and Analysis
  • History of Music
  • Vocal Conducting
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Computer Technology in Music
  • Arranging & Orchestration
  • Keyboard Improvisation
  • Instrumental Improvisation
  • History of Music

English Language Requirements

  • 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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A completed Application for Admission (admission applications are available through the Office of Admissions and via the web at
  • A $ 30.00 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official high school transcripts or GED, and senior year (12 th Grade) class schedule if enrolled in high school
  • Official Composite Test Scores from the SAT or ACT

Tuition Fee

  • International

    644 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 644 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    322 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 322 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Grove City

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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