MA in Music with an Emphasis in Therapy
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 of arts degree with an emphasis 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.
- 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
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.”
- Award-winning singer and songwriter Kamica King offers healing and hope through the power of music. Read her story>>
- TWU alumna Tonya Blum opens Coyote Music Studio, bringing help and harmony to the Denton community. Read her story>>
- Gabby Banzon serves as the North Texas Performing Arts therapy programs director. Learn more about the Starcatchers therapeutic arts program>>
- American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
- AMTA Southwestern Region
- Certification Board for Music Therapists
For more information about our graduate music therapy program, submit an Information Request Form.
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