The Master of Music degree in Music Therapy consists of 30 credit hours of graduate study beyond the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy (or its equivalent). This degree program is designed for the individual who already holds an undergraduate degree in music therapy. It is designed to prepare students for either advanced-level clinical practice, or additional opportunities in research or college teaching. Although all masters music therapy students are prepared for advanced clinical practice they also specialize in either a clinical or a thesis track.
The 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 disorders of the human nervous system, such as autism, mental illness, or Parkinson’s Disease. The NMT approach is becoming increasingly recognized and accepted by the medical community and is currently only available at seven universities nation-wide. Masters 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.
The Master of Music degree in Music Therapy is primarily designed to help students achieve the following three goals:
1. To acquire specialized musicianship as needed for advanced performance and for clinical practice. Within
the diverse and comprehensive Frost School of Music, students have the opportunity to study with faculty who
perform and compose regularly in local, national and international venues. Consequently, the musical
preparation of students here is unparalleled.
2. To achieve advanced clinical competencies by examining the scientific evidence that supports the use of
music in a therapeutic context. Through this examination, students will gain an in-depth understanding of
human behavior and further refine their clinical interaction skills. Students will then translate this knowledge
into therapeutic interventions which are then applied to clinical populations. Clinical work and research can
be conducted on the University of Miami medical campus, at a number of hospitals and clinics housed within
the world-famous Miller School of Medicine.
3. To develop independent research skills. Students will have the opportunity to exercise their critical thinking
skills and to increase their knowledge of research topics, methodology and analysis. Students who pursue
the thesis track will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct an independent research project.
Students who pursue the clinical track will apply research findings to various clinical settings. Through
various courses and the masters thesis, students will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct an
independent research project and to apply research findings to clinical situations.
The curriculum for the Master of Music degree in Music Therapy 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