Department of Music

Bachelor of Music 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. In order to graduate, degree candidates will demonstrate technical command of three instruments (voice, guitar, keyboard) sufficient to be able to communicate and improvise through music in various clinical settings. They will also successfully complete a Music Therapy Internship and a capstone research project. For more information on this program, contact Dr. Janice Dvorkin at dvorkin@uiwtx.edu. (Auditions and Scholarships info - bottom of page)

Degree Sequence

We offer the following degree sequence (four-year degree plan) to assist students and advisors.

Following this sequence increases the likelihood of completing this degree in four years' time. Dropping courses, retaking classes, or registering for less than a full course load will delay graduation, so always consult your academic advisor before deviating from this suggested sequence. Students may enroll in a course only if they have met all prerequisites for that course. Check the UIW Bulletin for details.

Program of Study (Requirements for a BM in Music Therapy)

A. 29-33 credit hours of Musicianship:

    • MUSI 1100 Introduction to Aural Skills (subject to Aural Skills Diagnostic Test results)
    • MUSI 1300 Introduction to Music Theory (subject to Theory Diagnostic Test results)
    • MUSI 1191 Aural Skills I (1)
    • MUSI 1192 Aural Skills II (1)
    • MUSI 2193 Advanced Aural Skills III (1)
    • MUSI 2194 Advanced Aural Skills IV (1)
    • MUSI 1321 Music Theory I (3)
    • MUSI 1322 Music Theory II (3)
    • MUSI 2323 Music Theory III (3)
    • MUSI 3324 Music Theory IV (3)
    • MUSI 1111 Keyboard Skills I (1)
    • MUSI 1121 Keyboard Skills II (1)
    • MUSI 2110 Keyboard Skills III (1)
    • MUSI 2120 Keyboard Skills IV (1): includes Keyboard Proficiency Exam
    • MUSI 3341 Music History I (3)
    • MUSI 3342 Music History II (3)
    • MUSI 3348 Studies in World Music (3)

B. 27 credit hours in Applied Music and other required upper level:

Lessons in major instrument - six semesters (2 credits each). The major instrument is the one on which the student has previous knowledge.

    • 10 credit hours of principal instrument or voice:
    • Vocal track: MUAP 1176, 1177, 2276, 2277, 3276, 3277
    • Instrumental track: MUAP 1154, 1155, 2254, 2255, 3254, 3255
    • MUTH 2155 Percussion for Music Therapy (3)
    • MUTH 2199 Voice Class for Music Therapy Majors (1)
    • MUTH 2321 & 2322 Guitar Class for Music Therapy Majors (6)
    • MUSI 4344 Conducting (3)
    • 6 credit hours of major ensembles: Chorale, Orchestra, Band, Wind Ensemble, or Jazz Ensemble

C. 32 credit hours in Music Therapy:

    • MUTH 1301 Introduction to Music Therapy (3)
    • MUTH 2271 Clinical Orientation (2)
    • MUTH 2351 Music in Therapy I (3)
    • MUTH 2352 Music in Therapy II (3)
    • MUTH 3353 Music in Therapy III (3)
    • MUTH 2388 Piano Improvisation (3)
    • MUTH 3301 Psychology of Music (3)
    • MUTH 3305 Creative Improvisation in Therapy (3)
    • MUTH 4188 Music Therapy Services Center (1) (elective) can be repeated for credit up to five semesters
    • MUTH 4300 Senior Seminar (3)
    • MUTH 4301 Music Therapy Internship* (3) (Must be taken twice for a total of 6 credit hours)
    • Capstone Improvisation Exam (Prior to registering for Music Therapy Internship, all Music Therapy majors must pass the Piano Proficiency Exam and Piano Improvisation Competency Exam, and all coursework must be completed.)

    D. 19 credit hours in behavioral/natural sciences (including 13 hours taken as part of the Core, indicated by “**”)

    • PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology ** (3)
    • PSYC 3331 Abnormal Psychology ** (3)
    • BIOL 2321/2121 Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory ** (4)
    • EDUC 3215 Survey of Exceptionalities (3)
    • MATH 2303 Introduction to Probability and Statistics ** (3)
    • PSYC 2370 Child and Adolescent Development (3)

E. 33 required credit hours of General Studies in addition to those indicated by "**" above; (see http://www.uiw.edu/registrar/corecurriculum.htm for detailed list of courses).

MUAP NOTE: Students who, at the time of their entrance audition, are deemed unprepared for freshman-level MUAP lessons, will be placed in appropriate preparation courses (MUAP 1144 or MUSI 1311), which will not count toward their degree plan as either Music courses or Free Electives.

Audition Requirements - Audition Requirements and Dates

A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for graduation, with no less than 36 upper- division (3000-4000 level) courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements for the degree are fulfilled as stated in the undergraduate catalog.


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