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Music Therapy

Music at UIW

The mission of the Music Department at the University of the Incarnate Word is threefold: to develop skilled musicians by educating the minds, ears, and souls of our music students within the liberal arts tradition; to serve the general student population by enriching the CORE curriculum; and to enhance the musical offerings in the UIW and San Antonio communities. Music students at UIW receive comprehensive instruction in theoretical, historical and stylistic perspectives, and are provided the opportunity for training in music technology. The Music faculty themselves are active performers, composers, clinicians, and scholars who bring practical experience and insight into the classroom. Students receive ample performance opportunities through ensemble membership and studio/seminar classes. In accordance with the mission of UIW, the music department encourages the development of musicians who are committed to serving the worldwide community with their art.

Careers in Music Therapy

The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy is designed to train students in clinical applications of music, blending musical skills with specialized training in the areas of psychology and the behavioral and natural sciences. Graduates have obtained positions as music therapists in many clinical areas: school, home health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, chemical dependence units, dialysis centers, medical units in a general hospital and nursing homes.


(82-86 credit hours in music; 19 credit hours in science and math)

A. 28-32 credit hours of music theory and history:
MUSI 1100 Introduction to Aural Skills (if required)
MUSI 1300 Introduction to Music Theory (if required)
MUSI 1191 Aural Skills I
MUSI 1192 Aural Skills II
MUSI 2193 Advanced Aural Skills III
MUSI 2194 Advanced Aural Skills IV
MUSI 1111 Keyboard Skills I
MUSI 1121 Keyboard Skills II
MUSI 2110 Keyboard Skills III
MUSI 1321 Music Theory I
MUSI 1322 Music Theory II
MUSI 2323 Music Theory III
MUSI 3324 Music Theory IV
MUSI 3341 Music History I
MUSI 3342 Music History II
MUSI 3348 Studies in World Music

B. 22 credit hours in music development and performance:
12 total credit hours of private instruction (MUAP) to be distributed among piano, voice,
and guitar as deemed necessary by the music faculty.
MUTH 2155 Percussion for Music Therapists
MUSI 4344 Conducting
6 credit hours of major ensembles: Chorale, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Jazz Ensemble

C. 32 credit hours in music therapy:
MUTH 1300 Introduction to Music Therapy
MUTH 2271 Clinical Orientation
MUTH 2351 Music in Therapy I
MUTH 2352 Music in Therapy II
MUTH 3353 Music in Therapy III
MUTH 2388 Piano Improvisation
MUTH 3301 Psychology of Music
MUTH 3305 Creative Improvisation in Therapy
MUTH 4300 Senior Seminar
MUTH 4301 Music Therapy Internship (taken twice = 6 credit hours)

D. 19 credit hours in behavioral/natural sciences (including 13 hours taken as part of the Core, indicated by "***")
PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology***
PSYC 3331 Abnormal Psychology***
BIOL 2321/2121 Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory***
EDUC 2315 Survey of Exceptionalities
MATH 2303 Introduction to Probability and Statistics***
PSYC 2370 Child and Adolescent Development

Scholarships and Auditions

Up to: $4000 per year for music majors, $800 per year for music minors.

Contact Mr. Roland Sul, 210-829-3855 or visit for detailed information.

Please note that you will receive an email with a link and password to the Music Theory Diagnostic Test once you have submitted your completed Audition Information Form.

Music Faculty

William Gokelman, Professor and Chair (M.M., Westminster Choir College; Choirs, Conducting, Vocal Coaching, Piano)
Deborah Bussineau-King, Professor (M.M., Southwest Texas State University; Voice, Opera, Vocal Pedagogy & Diction, Women in Music)
Dr. Ken Metz, Professor (Ph.D., Texas Tech University; Theory, Aural Skills, Composition)
Dr. Janice Dvorkin, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Pace University; Music Therapy, Psychology of Music)
Dr. Kevin Salfen, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of North Texas; Music History, World Music, American Popular Music, Jazz History, Music Appreciation)
Jim Waller, Instructor (M.S., Indiana University; Music Industries Studies, Jazz Ensemble)
Ferd Vollmar, Instructor (M.M., University of Houston; Music Education, Bands, Woodwind & Brass Methods)

Terance Frazor (Orchestra, Aural Skills, Counterpoint)
Mark Pomerantz (Theory, Aural Skills)
Meredith Ridgway (Piano, Class Piano)
Zachary Ridgway (Piano)
Ray Tamez (Guitar, Class Guitar)
Joe Gonzalez (Guitar)
Steve Girko (Clarinet)
Jeanne Gnecco (Flute)
Richard Kilmer (Violin, Concertmaster)
Daniel Kobialka (Violin)
Rachel Ferris (Harp)


Prof. William Gokelman, Chair: 210-829-3848,
Roland Sul M.A., Secretary: 210-829-3855,

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