MASTER OF ARTS: MUSIC THERAPY

Our faculty are committed to mentoring you in your growth as a music therapist and in helping you deepen and broaden your understanding of what it means to use music therapeutically in a diverse, pluralistic society. The M.A. in music therapy prepares music therapists to work effectively within a multicultural environment and enhances their current work be it in private practice, medical settings, nursing homes, mental health facilities or populations experiencing cultural changes or mass trauma.  The core program deepens the theoretical, philosophical and ethical frameworks of music therapy that not only inform practice but also provide support for important advocacy roles within the healthcare environment.  Students in this program will also receive the BMGIM Level I training.  The capstone course is MU699 which is the final writing and defense of the your research project.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students pursing the Master of Arts in Music Therapy and the Combined Equivalency Plus Master of Arts in Music Therapy will:

  • Apply AMTA Advanced Competencies with breadth (i.e., scope or range) and depth (i.e., levels of complexity).
  • Integrate interdisciplinary perspectives from sociology and psychology with music therapy theoretical perspectives that advance music therapy practice, education, and research in a diverse global community.
  • Reflect, synthesize and summarize one’s approach and particular area of specialization in the field of music therapy.

Graduate School Questions?
Please contact: 
Doug Koschmeder
Assistant Dean of the Faculty
(319) 352-8761 

MA-MT Questions?
Please contact: Alpha Woodward

Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association. 

Option #1: Master of Arts in Music Therapy

MASTER OF ARTS IN MUSIC THERAPY (MA-MT)
The Master of Arts in Music Therapy program offers advanced competencies for credentialed music therapists or those who have completed a bachelor’s degree program in music therapy. The graduate program offers depth and breadth of knowledge per the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Advanced Competencies.  The MA-MT program cap-stone achievement is a research /clinical project that is supported by interdisciplinary studies in research methodology, and psychological and sociological perspectives. Master of Arts students will deepen and broaden their professional work through advanced clinical improvisation, peer supervision, ethnomusicology, advanced theoretical perspectives in music therapy, and Level I of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.  A full-time student can expect to be 1.5 years in the program.

Wartburg degrees are earned through course credits.  Other institutions may issue credits based on semester hours or quarter hours. Below you will the course credit conversion:

1 course credit = 3.5 semester hours or 5 quarter hours
.5 course credits = 2 semester hours or 3 quarter hours
.25 course credits = 1 semester hour or 2 quarter hours

Full-time student status for graduate students is a minimum of 2.75 course credits for each Fall and Winter Term. 

Major Area Requirements   Credits
MU 520  Music Centered Peer Supervision   (+ 1 credit)  .25 cc
MU 522 Clinical Supervision  .25 cc
MU 525 Advanced Clinical Improvisation .25 cc
MU 584/585 Advanced Practicum I and II (optional residency abroad) 0 cc
MU 560  Music Therapy in a Contemporary World 1 cc
MU 600   Research Traditions in Music Therapy 1 cc
MU 641  Advanced Applications in Music Therapy 1 cc
MU 699  Music Therapy Final Project (extended)  .5 cc
  TOTAL 4.25 cc
Studies in Music Requirements   Credits
MU 552 Studies in Ethnomusicology 1 cc
MU 645 Guided Imagery and Music (Bonny Method)  1 cc
MU 561 Perspectives in Music 1 cc
  TOTAL 3 cc
Other Studies Requirements   Credits
PSY 529 Applications of Memory  1 cc
  TOTAL 1 cc
Research Electives – Choose 1   Credits
PSY 521  Advanced Quantitative Methods 1 cc
SO  522  Advanced Qualitative Methods 1 cc
Other Electives – Choose 1   Credits
PSY523    Advanced Social Psychology  1 cc
PSY524 Advanced Clinical Psychology 1 cc
PSY 525 Advanced Human Development 1 cc
PSY 526 Advanced Neuropsychology 1 cc
SO 525  Race, Class and Gender 1 cc
SO 570   Social Problems 1 cc
SO 502  Community 1 cc

TOTAL ELECTIVES: 2 cc
TOTAL FOR DEGREE: 10.25 cc

Capstone: Thesis/Research Project Proposal Approval Process
The research thesis/project is the capstone of the master’s program and is conducted throughout the three semesters (MU600, PSY521/SO522 and MU699). The capstone project may be an empirical research project, a publishable, scholarly paper or an advanced therapeutic tool that contributes to a broad area of clinical practice.  The student’s project must contribute new knowledge, or a fresh perspective to the music therapy profession.  Students will explore and develop their research/clinical project in their first semester in MU600 under the mentorship of music therapy faculty.  The objective of MU600 is to complete and submit a project proposal to the faculty research committee for approval.  In the winter semester, the student advances to the appropriate methodology course (qualitative or quantitative) in which the project is implemented.  The final stage of the research project is the writing of the thesis in MU699. Students may choose to conduct a publishable non-empirical project or scholarly thesis that offers a new perspective or therapeutic tool in the discipline of music therapy, in which case the student will continue their approved research/clinical project as an independent study with an assigned faculty mentor.  The thesis project committee is comprised of three faculty from: music therapy and the social sciences, one of which must be a tenured faculty member.

Thesis/Research Project Defense
The final synthesis of the research will be completed and defended in MU 699, Music Therapy Final Project.  If further semesters are required to complete the project, the student will be assessed a post-comprehensive fee until successfully defending his/her project in front of the research thesis/project committee and professional peers.  After successfully defending, the student will be encouraged to present the final project in a community or professional forum and/or publish their work in a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Bachelor’s degree in music therapy from a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Evidence of board certification or board eligibility letter from previous academic program.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00* from degree-granting college/university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00* in all music therapy course work.
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) report from the Educational Testing Service.
  • Music competency screening (live or taped) which demonstrates musical abilities appropriate for professional music therapists.
                Two (2) musical pieces of contrasting moods and/or styles with your Major instrument.
                Two (2) further pieces that are sung while accompanying yourself on a) piano and b) guitar. 
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation with at least one from a previous music therapy faculty person.
  • A personal statement (1-3) pages which addresses the following topics:
                Your education and professional experience and how this has prepared you for graduate study in music therapy.  
                Your career goals and objectives in music therapy and how you envision the Wartburg MA-MT will assist you in achieving these objectives.
                Your personal reflection on what makes you a good candidate for an advanced degree in music therapy.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume including any relevant educational and professional experience.
  • Interview with graduate admissions committee in person or via online technology.

Letters of recommendation must be received directly from references.

For students whose first language is not English, test scores from either TOEFL (minimum score of 550 paper-based or 80 internet-based) or IELTS (minimum score of 6.5) must be submitted.

Acceptance into the Master of Arts in Music Therapy program is determined by the graduate admissions committee and is provisional on satisfactory completion of the pre-requisite coursework, pre-internship and internship fieldwork.  Applicants will be notified in writing of their admission status in a timely manner.

Option #2: Equivalency + Master of Arts in Music Therapy

COMBINED EQUIVALENCY PLUS MASTER OF ARTS IN MUSIC THERAPY (EP MA-MT)
The Combined Equivalency Plus Master of Arts in Music Therapy program is intended for those who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in music and wish to pursue a career in music therapy. Candidates for this program complete the curriculum established to meet the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Professional Competencies, including practicum experiences and internship. The graduate program offers depth and breadth of knowledge per the AMTA Advanced Competencies. Some bachelor-level courses may be taken simultaneously with master-level coursework in any given semester if the supportive course pre-requisites are fulfilled (note that the internship is a prerequisite for all advanced music therapy courses) Courses taken for the bachelor’s degree requirements in music therapy, including the internship, will not apply toward the master’s degree. A full-time student can expect 2.5-3.0 years to complete the EP MA-MT.

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in music from a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 from degree-granting college/university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 in all music course work.
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) report from the Educational Testing Service.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation with at least one from a previous music faculty person.
  • A personal statement (1-3) pages which addresses the following topics:
                Your education and professional experience and how this has prepared you for graduate study in music therapy.
                Your career goals and objectives in music therapy and how you envision this particular program will assist you in achieving these objectives.
                Your personal reflection on what music therapy means to you, and what makes you a good candidate for an advanced degree in music therapy.  
  • Curriculum vitae or resume including any relevant educational and professional experience.
  • Prior to acceptance into MA program, student must:
                Have a minimum GPA of 3.00 after first year of equivalency course work
                Pass competency tests in guitar, piano and voice
                Interview with graduate admissions committee.

Students may be admitted on provisional status with a lower GPA.  Students on provisional status must obtain at least a 3.00 GPA after their first fall or winter term.

Letters of recommendation must be received directly from references.

For students whose first language is not English, test scores from either TOEFL (minimum score of 550 paper-based or 80 internet-based) or IELTS (minimum score of 6.5) must be submitted.

Acceptance into the Master of Arts in Music Therapy program is determined by the graduate admissions committee and is provisional on satisfactory completion of the pre-requisite coursework, pre-internship and internship fieldwork.  Applicants will be notified in writing of their admission status in a timely manner.

Tuition & Financial Support

The unit of academic credit at Wartburg is the course credit with a majority of courses being 1.00 course credits. In comparison to other schools who use a semester credit system, Wartburg considers 1.00 course credits equivalent to 3.50 semester credits. A full-time graduate student for the Fall or Winter terms is defined as 2.75 course credits. Tuition cost per course credit is $2,100. Please refer to the Summary of Charges for additional fees. Degree-seeking students who are U.S. citizens and enrolled at least half-time (1.50 course credits) are eligible for federal student loans. Several financial institutions also provide low-interest loans for students. Government agencies and private foundations provide grants to help graduate students pay for their education. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further information – finaid@wartburg.edu. A list of outside scholarship opportunities can be found at http://www.musictherapy.org/careers/scholars/. Information regarding campus employment can be obtained by contacting the Office of Human Resources.

2019-20 Tuition: $2200 per course credit

Room & Board

On-campus room and board opportunities are available. Housing decisions will made based on space availability. Please refer to the summary of charges regarding room and board costs.

FACILITIES

The Bachman Fine Arts Center has facilities for rehearsal and practice, 50 grand and upright pianos, 22 practice rooms, and 16 music studios.

Perfect your musical skills and heal others. WORTH IT.

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FACULTY

Barbara Ashton

Music Therapist in Residence

Alpha Woodward

Assistant Professor of Music Therapy/Dir. of Music Therapy