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The Equivalency Program in Music Therapy 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 beyond the bachelor’s degree that are required for professional certification by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
For most students with an undergraduate degree in music, the Equivalency Program requires 3 semesters of on-campus study (usually part-time enrollment, depending on requirements outside of the equivalency curriculum), followed by a 6-month required internship. Depending on the specific undergraduate degree, some students may require additional credits which may necessitate at least a semester longer to complete the Equivalency Program. Students with undergraduate degrees in areas other than music must complete basic coursework in music (i.e., music theory, lessons on a major instrument, music history, etc.) in addition to the core music therapy program.
Following coursework at Washington Adventist University, the student must successfully complete a six- month internship at an approved clinical site. Transcripts of coursework from the student’s undergraduate program along with the Equivalency Program at WAU are submitted toward professional certification following completion of the internship.
For Equivalency admission to WAU, students must satisfy the following conditions at the time of enrollment:
1) Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a music therapy related field (psychology, music, music performance, music education, etc.) with a minimum GPA of 2.75 from a regionally accredited college or university.
2) If applicants have a GPA that falls below the required 2.75, they may be granted probationary admission. Prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of “B” or better.
Acceptance is also contingent upon a successful audition. This audition must demonstrate aptitude and skill, in a chosen field of performance and/or in piano, voice, and guitar, sufficient to successfully pursue the curriculum at the outlined pace.
Because this is a professional certification-only program, students may not qualify for university- sponsored financial aid expressly for graduate or undergraduate students. However, they will qualify for WAU Department of Music scholarships and additional financial aid offered through private lending institutions.
Students completing the Equivalency Program in Music Therapy will be able to:
- Demonstrate music foundations and clinical skills central to the practice of music therapy.
- Describe the relationship between music therapy, research and practice.
- Utilize a variety of music therapy methods and implement services in clinical settings across distinct population groups.
- Document music therapy services according to the AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice.
- Practice music therapy in a professional and ethical manner as delineated by the AMTA Professional Documents.
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|Music Therapy Equivalency Core Requirements MUTH 110 Introduction to Music Therapy||37 hours|
|MUTH 220 Standards of Clinical Practice||3|
|MUTH 230 Music Therapy Methods||3|
|MUTH 335 Psychology of Music||3|
|MUTH 375 Music Therapy Practicum I||3|
|MUTH 376 Music Therapy Practicum II||3|
|MUTH 411 Music Therapy Seminar||2|
|MUTH 476 Music Therapy Practicum III||3|
|MUTH 485 Music Therapy Internship||12|
|MUTH 512 Music Therapy: Clinical Development||2|
MUTH 110 Introduction to Music Therapy – 3 hours
This course is an introduction to the music therapy profession in terms of its history, theoretical foundations, scope of current clinical practice and research – to include an overview of client populations, settings and methods, and relationship to other healthcare professions.
MUTH 220 Standards of Clinical Practice – 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUTH 110. This course emphasizes the application of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Standards of Clinical Practice in preparation for music therapy field placement experiences. Topics include music therapy referral and acceptance, assessment, treatment planning, treatment implementation, treatment evaluation and documentation, termination of services, continuing education and supervision.
MUTH 230 Music Therapy Methods – 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUTH 115, 220. This course is an introduction to the four primary methods of music therapy (recreative, compositional, improvisational and receptive), the interventions used within each, and their clinical applications across populations. Individual research resulting in a term paper, or the equivalent, is expected.
MUTH 335 Psychology of Music – 3 hours
This course analyzes the function of music in human existence, specifically related to the objective and scientific components of sound and music (like acoustics) with their subsequent physiological, psychological, cognitive and sociocultural effects.
MUTH 375 Music Therapy Practicum I – 3 hours
This course integrates music therapy knowledge and skills through clinically supervised observation and participation opportunities in music therapy field settings associated with developmental disabilities, mental health, medical/rehabilitation or gerontology. The AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice guide these experiences, and the AMTA Professional Competencies form benchmarks for student learning and evaluation. Enrollment is limited to those students who have successfully passed the Sophomore Evaluation – (see Music Handbook for details).
MUTH 376 Music Therapy Practicum II – 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUTH 375. This course integrates music therapy knowledge and skills through clinically supervised leading and co-leading opportunities in music therapy field settings associated with developmental disabilities, mental health, medical/rehabilitation or gerontology. The AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice guide these experiences, and AMTA Professional Competencies form benchmarks for student learning and evaluation. Classroom instruction includes lectures, demonstrations and rehearsal of skills.
MUTH 411 Music Therapy Seminar – 2 credits
Prerequisite: MUTH 335. Co-requisite: MUTH 476. This course provides a synthesis of music therapy education and training in preparation for internship. Aspects of personal and professional growth, development, and alignment highlighted in this course include: theoretical and research foundations and clinical functions that inform the articulation of a personal philosophy of music therapy,
professional ethics and responsibilities, enhanced self-awareness specifically through the identification of core values and competency based strengths and needs, and future directions.
MUTH 476 Music Therapy Practicum III – 3 hours
Prerequisite: MUTH 376. This course integrates music therapy knowledge and skills through clinically supervised leading opportunities in music therapy field settings associated with developmental disabilities, mental health, medical/rehabilitation or gerontology. At this level, a more comprehensive and independent application of the AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice is expected, while the AMTA Professional Competencies continue to form benchmarks for student learning and evaluation. Classroom instruction includes lectures, demonstrations and rehearsal of skills.
MUTH 485 Music Therapy Internship – 12 hours
Music therapy internship requires a minimum of 900 hours of clinical therapy services under the supervision of a board certified music therapist, completed at a facility approved by the American Music Therapy Association or at Washington Adventist University affiliated sites. Prerequisites: Completion of all music, music therapy, psychology, and general education requirements, and demonstrated proficiency in piano, voice, guitar and non-symphonic instruments. In addition, students must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average in all coursework to be eligible to begin their music therapy internship.
MUTH 512 Music Therapy: Clinical Development – 2 credit hours
This course will focus on gaining self- and other knowledge through actively engaging with music and music therapy methods to inform the development of a clinical identity. Along with increased self-, other-, and musical- awareness, students will also be introduced to clinical musicianship and leadership skills integral to the group and individual clinical processes.