For disabled individuals, making music is not just a healthy expression, but a chance for normalization, self-actualization and holistic growth. As a music therapist, you can make a difference by helping this harmonic convergence take place.
Music therapists work with diverse client populations — from infants in a neonatal unit to children with special needs, adolescents with behavior challenges, adults with developmental disabilities, older adults with intellectual impairments and individuals facing the end of life.
Bachelor of Music Therapy
Shenandoah’s Bachelor of Music Therapy program features a process-oriented approach that prepares you to interact with individuals in a wide range of circumstances, and to design, implement and evaluate therapeutic music experiences tailored to individual interests and needs. Our program offers a classical applied emphasis, as well as a jazz applied emphasis for students whose primary instrument is saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass or percussion.
Master of Music Therapy
Shenandoah’s 34-credit Master of Music Therapy degree provides advanced theoretical, clinical and musical knowledge and skills for those who already have the MT-BC credential and wish to advance their clinical practice knowledge, while developing skills as a researcher. As a distance learning program, students travel to campus three weekends each semester for intensive study, completing additional work through distance learning formats.
Professional Studies Certificate Program
Shenandoah’s Professional Studies Program for Music Therapy Certification Eligibility provides a comprehensive course of graduate-level study for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g. music, music education, psychology, etc.) and wish to become Board Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC). The Professional Studies Program for Music Therapy Certification Eligibility features a process-oriented approach that prepares you to interact with individuals in a wide range of circumstances, and to design, implement and evaluate therapeutic music experiences which are tailored to the individual’s interests and needs. Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.