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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Overview

Welcome to the undergraduate Music Therapy program at IUPUI! We recognize the important roles music technology and clinical musical skills play in the clinical practice of music therapy, we believe that technology allows music therapists to connect with and empower clients in ways that seemed impossible only a few years ago, and we expect the relationship with technology to grow in the future. In fact, we expect that graduates of the IUPUI Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy (BSMTx) will be prepared to develop and work in clinical areas that do not currently exist because of their grounding in the relationship between music technology and clinical music therapy practice.

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

The degree culminates in a six-month clinical internship after the completion of approximately eight semesters of course work and on-campus clinical training. Students who successfully complete the BSMTx curriculum, including internship, are eligible to take the Music Therapy Board Certification Exam and earn the credential, Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC).

Curriculum:

The Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy (BSMTx) curriculum is based on the American Music Therapy Association Professional Competencies. The courses cover musical foundations, clinical foundations, music therapy foundations, and general education. The general education courses in the BSMTx curriculum were specifically selected to meet some of the professional competencies; therefore, students should plan to take those courses rather than substituting other classes. Many of our classes include service learning or experiential learning components.

Second Degree 

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, but who wish to earn their music therapy credential, may do so at IUPUI through our second degree program.