Jul 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Creative Arts Therapy - Music Therapy Program


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The 48-hour M.S. in Creative Arts Therapy/Music Therapy Specialization is a New York State licensure-qualifying program, fulfilling the masters-level educational component required to become a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.  Music therapy graduate students study alongside Art Therapy graduate students in a psychotherapy-focused curriculum that prepares them to be effective and ethical mental health professionals who are capable of applying intellectual strength, ethics, and aesthetic values in the treatment of individuals, groups, and families.  

The music therapy specialization has three tracks: (1) the 48 credit hour master’s degree for board-certified music therapists who already hold a bachelor’s degree in music therapy or its equivalent, (2) a 24-hour equivalency certificate for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in music (other than music therapy) and want to become a board-certified music therapist without another degree*, and (3) a 60 credit hour program for students with a Bachelor’s degree in music (other than music therapy) which combines the equivalency in music therapy with the 48-hour graduate curriculum.  

*Successful completion of the equivalency coursework, including internship, qualifies students to take the music therapy certification exam from the Certification Board for Music Therapy (cbmt.org).

Program Coordinator, Music Therapy
Betsey King, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC
(585) 389-2724
bking2@naz.edu

Applications/Auditions
Betsey King, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC
(585) 389-2724
bking2@naz.edu

Entry Requirements for Music Therapy Equivalency/60 hour track

  1. Completed Online Application
  2. Completion of the professional statement as described on the application
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Applicant must have completed, or will be completing, a baccalaureate degree in music or music therapy from an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0 and a “B” average in the major field by the start date of the desired term. Prior coursework must include an Introduction to Psychology course. 
      • Applicants who do not meet these grade point average expectations must address them in their professional statement; please see the Professional Statement section of the admissions application for further information.
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Resume
  6. A live audition demonstrating the student’s best musicianship on their preferred instrument as well as basic, functional demonstration in guitar, piano, voice, and music theory.
  7. Applicants who are selected for an interview and audition will be contacted by the Auditions Coordinator.

Application Deadlines for the Creative Arts Therapy Program: Music Therapy Specializations: Rolling

Entry Requirements for the 48 hour Creative Arts Therapy/Music Therapy degree

  1. Completed Online Application
  2. Completion of the professional statement as described on the application
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Applicant must have completed, or will be completing, a baccalaureate degree in music or music therapy from an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0 and a “B” average in the major field by the start date of the desired term. Prior coursework must include an Introduction to Psychology course. 
      • Applicants who do not meet these grade point average expectations must address them in their professional statement; please see the Professional Statement section of the admissions application for further information.
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Resume
  6. A live audition demonstrating the student’s best musicianship on their preferred instrument as well as basic, functional demonstration in guitar, piano, voice, and music theory.
  7. Applicants who are selected for an interview and audition will be contacted by the Auditions Coordinator.

Application Deadlines for the Creative Arts Therapy Program: Music Therapy Specializations: Rolling

Music Therapy Core - 60 Credit Program (39 credits)


Music Therapy Electives


All elective credits must be completed in music courses

  • 60 credit program - students must complete three elective credits
  • 48 credit program - students must complete six elective credits

Your advisor will work with you to identify electives that enhance your skills and/or focus on an area of interest.
 



 

Music Therapy Equivalency Certificate - Core Courses (24 credit hours)


The music therapy certificate program may include courses not listed here which, if not part of the student’s undergraduate degree, will need to be completed in order to qualify for the certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Certificate students meet with their advisor prior to admission to determine a personalized course plan.

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