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), 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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Notable Music Therapy Alumni

  • Angela Neve, The Music Therapy Center of California, San Diego, Calif.
  • Kristina Goemaat, director of music therapy at Village Northwest in Sheldon
  • Marjie Halverson, music therapist, board certified at Aurora Behavioral Health in San Diego, Calif.
  • Nick Morrison, music therapist at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly
  • Kyle Fleming, music therapist, board certified with Cadenza Music Therapy in Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Nikki Gamble, music therapist, board certified with Cedar Valley Hospice & Bartles Lutheran Homes, Waverly area
  • Megan Steepleton, music therapist with Westernhome Communities in Cedar Falls
  • Kara Rewerts, music therapist, board certified at Waverly Health Center and adjunct instructor with Wartburg College

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Internship Options

Many music therapy students pursue their internships with prestigious national organizations, such as:

  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with Kirsten Nelson, Kim Hawkins, & Abby Dvorak
  • University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio, with Deforia Lane
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago with Elizabeth Klinger
  • MusicWorx in San Diego, Calif., with Barbara Reuer**
  • Fraser School, Minneapolis, Minn., with Kay Leudtke-Smith
  • Metro Music Therapy in Denver, Colo., with Lori Sanders
  • Helping Hands Center for Special Needs in Columbus, Ohio, with Tanya Corso
  • Laura Baker Services Association in Fairfield Minn., with Jennifer Pelletier
  • Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, Minn., with Dawn Miller


Barbara Ashton

Music Therapist in Residence

Alex Swanson

Adjunct Faculty

Alpha Woodward

Assistant Professor of Music Therapy/Dir. of Music Therapy


Megan Grimm

Clinical Practicum Supervisor

Kara Rewerts

Clinical Practicum Supervisor

Katie Idler

Clinical Practicum Supervisor

Mikayla Cota

Clinical Practicum Supervisor

Lori Anderson

Clinical Practicum Supervisor


Kara Groen, MA, MT-BC

Leisure Service Team Leader, Bartels Retirement Community