The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in Music Education with Music Therapy Emphasis.  The Ph.D. is a research degree requiring 60 credit hours beyond the Masters Degree, or 90 credit hours beyond the Bachelors Degree.  This degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in music therapy-related research, college teaching positions in music therapy, or administrative positions.

The entire curriculum is built upon the clinical and research paradigm known as Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). This model utilizes scientific evidence regarding human perception and production of music to treat diseases of the human nervous system and is becoming increasingly recognized and accepted by the medical community. Currently, the University of Miami is one of only three schools offering a Neurologic Music Therapy curriculum for the Ph.D.

Enrollment into this specialized program is limited. Acceptance is based on academic record, Graduate Record Examination scores, TOEFL scores (as appropriate), personal suitability, recommendations, and demonstrated clinical competency.

Prior to entering candidacy, students in this program must complete required coursework, a doctoral research project, and a series of professional papers demonstrating application of fundamental and specialized knowledge relating to music therapy practice, education, or research. To finalize this qualifying process, students must also successfully pass an oral exam.  Once students have been accepted to candidacy, they can propose the dissertation.  These requirements are uniquely-designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they will need in future professional positions as leaders, educators, and researchers in the field of music therapy.

A distinct feature of this doctoral degree program is the allotment of 12 credit hours to courses in “Supporting Area Studies.”  Students may devote these credit hours to courses that will enhance their clinical skills, research competencies, or musical abilities. These doctoral level courses may be completed within the Frost School of Music, as well as many other divisions of the University, including psychology, neuroscience, or educational and psychological studies.

Doctoral students work closely with music therapy faculty for the duration of this rigorous program, thus they gain experience in all aspects of music therapy clinical practice, education, and research.  The music therapy faculty are experienced researchers and distinguished educators who are known internationally for their research and service to the profession. Additionally, students further their musical skills by studying with faculty who perform, compose, and conduct regularly in national and international venues. Finally, doctoral students have the opportunity to conduct research on the University of Miami medical campus, in a variety of hospitals and clinics housed within the world-famous Miller School of Medicine.

Graduate teaching assistantships are available to highly-qualified candidates. These prestigious awards provide tuition coverage (full or partial) as well as a monthly stipend. Recipients gain valuable professional experience by assisting with teaching, clinical supervision, research, and program administration.

The curriculum for the Doctor of Philosophy degree meets the standards set forth by the National Association for Schools of Music, the American Music Therapy Association, and the University of Miami.

For more information on this degree program, please contact:

Teresa Lesiuk, Ph.D., MT-BC
Program Director, Music Therapy
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