Registered for the first two years in the Honours BMus program, students make formal application to Music Therapy at the end of second year. Admission to third-year Music Therapy is limited and is based on grades in Music and P sychology, personal interview, and recommendation of the Music Therapy faculty.
The intent of the program is to produce music therapists who are eclectic practitioners and who understand the musical and therapeutic process. Four major principles have shaped the design of the curriculum:
|1.||the program is music centered in that clinical music forms the basis for understanding the therapeutic relationship;|
|2.||skills in improvisation are essential for developing clinical musicianship;|
|3.||a humanistic approach acknowledges the client as an individual with unique life experiences, thus incorporating all facets of personality, musical and non-musical needs;|
|4.||every person has the potential to be creative regardless of disability or illness.|
MUSIC THERAPY EDUCATION
|Group Placements||2 years|
|Four supervised placements are selected from such client populations as:|
|1.||sensory impaired children|
|2.||developmentally delayed children and adults|
|4.||adolescents with emotional disorders|
|5.||adults with physical handicaps|
|Individual Clients||1 year|
All music therapy students attend a weekly seminar to present case reports, and discuss professional issues in the field of music therapy. In addition, outside professionals are invited to speak on topics relevant to clinical practice.
At the end of each term students make a formal presentation for staff and administration of the facility where they have been assigned for the term, describing and explaining the goals and accomplishments of their work in music therapy at the facility.
Experiential Music Therapy
In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in an experiential music therapy group.
After graduation each student is required to complete a 1,000 hour internship in accordance with the guidelines of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT).
SAMPLE PROGRAM – Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy Program
This is a possible program outline for a pianist studying Music Therapy.
|Year I||Year II||Year III||Year IV|
|Theory I, II||Introduction to Music Therapy||Principles of Music Therapy||Theory of Music Therapy|
|Musical Skills I,II||Musical Skills III, IV||Practice of Music Therapy||Music Therapy Practica III, IV|
|Choir||Choir||Clinical Improvisation I||Clinical Improvisation II|
|Music History I||Theory III, IV||Music History II, III||Psychology of Music|
|Introduction to Psychology||Guitar Techniques||Psychology Research Methods||Music Therapy Research|
|Values and Society||Developmental Psychology I, II||Abnormal Psychology||Clinical Psychology|
|Motivation and Emotion||Composition I||Music of the World|