Music Therapy

About the music therapy major

The Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy is an approved program of the American Music Therapy Association that provides the musical, technical, and therapeutic skills to practice as entry-level music therapists in a variety of clinical fields. You'll engage in traditional academic music studies (e.g., music theory, aural skills, music history), piano, voice, guitar, percussion, improvisation, music technology, psychology, and specific music therapy courses.

Graduates of the program take the national certification examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). After passing this exam, you'll be a board-certified music therapist (Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, 2019).

Skills and abilities this major develops: musical knowledge and ability, problem-solving and troubleshooting skills, active listening, and social perceptiveness skills.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Creative arts, health, and wellness
  • Introduction to music therapy
  • Music therapy and health care settings
  • Music therapy practicum
  • Psychology of music

Possible careers

  • Music director/composer*
  • Music teacher*
  • Music therapist
  • Musician
  • Recreational therapist*

*This careers require additional training or education. 

Where could I work?

  • Drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers
  • Geriatric facilities
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Schools

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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