Music: Degrees and Programs

Degrees and Programs

In order to be apply for any degree or program, an audition must be completed. 

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is designed for students wishing a broad liberal arts education while developing musical skills at a professional, artistic level. Candidates for the B.A. in Music are required to have a second major or minor in a field that will lead to a career or further study. This requirement assures that the degree maintains an emphasis on general studies as defined within a liberal arts degree.

Richie Flores plays his cello during the 2019 Christmas Concert at Sligo Church.

Bachelor of Music in Music Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance is designed for individuals planning a career in music. Students wishing to enroll in this degree must have well-developed performance skills before entering the University and have career goals for private studio teaching, teaching at the tertiary level, or entering the performance field. (Vocal plan)

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy is designed as a four-year program that prepares students for careers in which they intentionally use music, in various settings, to therapeutically assist people of all age groups with varied psychological, cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual strengths and needs. Following completion of the degree, which includes a culminating internship at an American Music Therapy Association approved site, students are eligible to take the music therapy national examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Upon passing the exam, the credential Music Therapy Board Certified (MT-BC) is granted, allowing the newly credentialed clinician to practice as a music therapist with the CBMT scope of practice, in the United States.

Music Therapy Equivalency Program (non-degree)

The Music Therapy Equivalency Program (MTEP) is designed for those who already hold an undergraduate degree (most typically in music, music performance, or music education), but who wish to complete requirements for professional certification as a music therapist. Rather than completing a second bachelor’s degree, the student completes courses that will teach competencies required for professional certification by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). The student is then eligible to sit for the national examination in music therapy offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Upon passing the exam, the credential Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) is granted.

Music Minor

The Music Minor is for students who desire to strengthen their knowledge and skills in this field while majoring in another academic area. This minor is available to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Washington Adventist University.

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