Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

Students can complete a Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy (BME-MT) degree, which leads to licensure in K-12 music education and becoming a Board Certified Music Therapist or The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy (BM-MT) in the state of Iowa, which includes the coursework in social work and opportunities for minor concentrations. Board Certified Music Therapists accompany all student music therapists in their clinical work. Wartburg students conduct original research and can present at regional and national conferences.

Degree Options

The Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy degree is offered for those who wish to qualify for K-12 licensure through the state department of education and as a Board-Certified Music Therapists through the Certification Board for Music Therapy. Coursework meets the requirements of the Iowa Department of Education for K-12 music licensure to include a semester of student teaching in fulfillment of the education license. Those in the degree program then also complete a six month music therapy internship as a requirement established by the American Music Therapy Association prior to sitting for the board certification exam.

The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree is offered for those who wish to complete the coursework aligned with the requirements set by the American Music Therapy Association to qualify for becoming a Board-Certified Music Therapist. A six month internship post coursework is required before sitting for the board certification exam.

Music Therapy Fast Facts

100 percent of Wartburg music therapy graduates find jobs.

Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa with a music therapy degree.

Wartburg’s music therapy faculty and staff have a combined 30+ years of experience in the field and continue to be practitioners. They hold local, regional, and national elected positions within the American Music Therapy Association.

The Wartburg program offers 5-6 practicum experiences across 30 sites in the community.

Music therapy students start the curriculum in their first semester and clinical experience in the second semester.

Bachman Fine Arts Center offers a music therapy facility that includes an observation laboratory.


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

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“I have had interns for the last 9 years, and Allison is one of the top interns I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I think having the dual degree in music ed really set her apart and gave her a great skill set to jump right in both in the classroom and individual sessions. Alexa, Abby, and I cannot say enough great things about her.”

– Supervisor, Toneworks Music Therapy LLC

Recent Graduate Positions

  • Roman Music Therapy Services, Mass.
  • Abbot Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health, Minn.
  • Music Speaks, Iowa
  • Meaningful Day Services, Indiana
  • Waverly Health Care, Iowa
  • Western Home Communities, Iowa
  • Montereau Assisted Living, Okla.
  • Healing Rhythms, Minn.

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Sample Internships

  • Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, Minnesota
  • Children’s Hospital in Minnesota
  • Meaningful Day Services, Indiana
  • Omaha School District, Nebraska
  • Roman Music Therapy Services, Wakefield, Mass.
  • VNA of the Treasury Coast, Vero Beach, Florida
  • Shalom Cares, Aurora, Colorado
  • Abbot Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Valley Memorial Homes, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • West Music, Coraville, Quad Cities, Iowa
  • Oral Roberts University Music Therapy Clinical Service, Tulsa, Okla.


Barbara Ashton

Music Therapist in Residence

Kyle Fleming

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

Luke Sanders

Adjunct Instructor of Applied Guitar


Lori Anderson

Clinical Practicum Supervisor

Kara Rewerts

Clinical Practicum Supervisor

Mikayla Cota

Clinical Practicum Supervisor

Kyle Fleming

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

Alex Swanson

Adjunct Faculty