Master of Music Therapy

Earn your master’s degree in music therapy at TWU.

Music therapy begins with the relationship between a patient and a music therapist. As a student in our music therapy program, you will learn to use music to achieve therapeutic outcomes, such as helping patients deal with disease, trauma, anxiety or pain. Music therapists often work to improve speech, social or coping skills; aid in physical rehabilitation; or even help people find meaning in the experience of creating or listening to music.

Our master's degree in music therapy is available to students holding a bachelor's degree or equivalent in music therapy. This degree consists of 36 semester hours and includes studies in music therapy philosophy, multicultural music therapy, research, music and a wide variety of electives.

You may earn your advanced degree in music therapy through our intensive retreat-style program. Intensive retreats meet for the same number of face-to-face hours as a full-semester course, but are completed in two retreats which are typically held over the weekends. You do not need to live in Denton to complete your MMT degree at TWU.

Why TWU?

  • Our music therapy program is the oldest ongoing program in Texas and one of the first in the nation. TWU is one of only 5 universities in Texas offering music therapy degrees, and we are approved by the American Music Therapy Association.
  • We provide both academic and clinical training, with a focus on experiential, hands-on learning through extensive practicum and internship experience. Students of our music therapy program have worked in local children’s theaters, community centers, hospitals and schools.
  • Our Student Association for Music Therapy provides educational and social opportunities for you to develop music therapy skills and friendships outside of the traditional classroom setting.
  • Our small class sizes will allow you to reflect on and process your training, enhancing the quality of your practice and fostering the growth of your character.
  • Many of our former students have established successful clinics of their own, and they often hire current TWU music therapy students and interns.
  • We welcome new and auditioning students as well as students from other disciplines. Graduate students wishing to work toward certification may complete our music therapy equivalency program, which may be done at the same time the student completes some graduate courses toward the master’s degree.

Meet our alumni

Kamica King headshot

“I’m passionate about working with those who are often overlooked or underserved in society. In my sessions, it’s about connecting with whomever I’m working with in a way that says ‘I see you’ – not for what you can’t do or haven’t done, but for who you are and what you can do.”

Kamica King (MA '18), Founder and CEO of King Creative Arts Expressions

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