The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy is a professional degree 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

This program is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.  Students who complete the Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy are eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.  Music therapists who successfully complete that independently administered exam earn the “music therapist - board certified” credential (MT-BC).

Audition Requirements - Audition Dates - Degree Sequence


Students who, at the time of their entrance audition, are deemed unprepared for freshman-level MUAP lessons or MUSI courses may be placed in one or more the following courses: MUAP 1144, MUSI 1311, MUSI 1381, MUSI 1100, MUSI 1300. These courses are prerequisites to the pursuit of a music degree at UIW and are not counted as part of the degree or as free electives.

Requirements for the B.M. in Music Therapy (135 credit hours)

A. Musicianship (34 credit hours)

MUSI 1110 Freshman Music Seminar (2) (two semesters)
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)
MUSI 4344 Conducting (3)

B. Applied Music and Ensemble (20 credit hours)

10 credit hours of lessons in voice or principal instrument:
Voice: MUAP 1176, 1177, 2276, 2277, 3276, 3277
Instrument: MUAP 1154,1155, 2254, 2255, 3254, 3255

4 credit hours of Music Therapy applied courses:
MUTH 2150 Percussion for Music Therapy (1)
MUTH 1145 Voice for Music Therapy (1)
MUTH 2101 Guitar for Music Therapy I (1)
MUTH 2102 Guitar for Music Therapy II (1)

6 credit hours of major ensembles:

  • Chorale (MUEN 1131), Orchestra (MUEN 1185), or Band (MUEN 1140 and MUEN 1185)
  • Voice PRINCIPALS should be in Chorale (MUEN 1131) both Fall and Spring
  • String PRINCIPALS should be in Orchestra (MUEN 1185) both Fall and Spring
  • Guitar and Piano PRINCIPALS should be Chorale (MUEN 1131) both Fall and Spring
  • Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion PRINCIPALS may choose between Marching Band (MUEN 1140 or Chorale (MUEN 1131) in the Fall and should enroll in Wind Ensemble (MUEN 1185) in the Spring

C. Music Therapy (32 credit hours)

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 4300 Senior Seminar (3)
MUTH 4301 Music Therapy Internship* (3) (Must be taken twice for a total of 6 credit hours) NOTE: Prior to registering for MUTH 4301 Music Therapy Internship, all Music Therapy majors must pass the UIW Piano Proficiency Exam.

D. Behavioral/Natural Sciences (19 credit hours, including 10 hours taken as part of the Core, indicated by "**")

PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology ** (3)
PSYC 2370 Child and Adolescent Development (3)
PSYC 3331 Abnormal Psychology (3)
BIOL 2321/2121 Anatomy and Physiology I and Laboratory ** (4)
EDUC 2315 Survey of Students in Diverse and Inclusive Settings (3)
MATH 2303 Introduction to Probability and Statistics ** (3)

E. Core Curriculum: 27 required credit hours in addition to those indicated by "**" above.

See university Core as specified in the applicable catalog.

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.