The Master of Music Therapy program began in 2002 and is the longest running graduate music therapy program in Canada. Laurier has the only Clinical Improvisation Lab in Canada, established in 2013 for improvisation as well as low frequency sound research. The Lab is funded through the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR) www.soundeffects.wlu.ca
The CIMTR also offers training in the Helen Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (minimum enrolment required).
The Master of Music Therapy (MMT) program is offered as a 1-year full-time (three terms) program for candidates with a Bachelor of Music Therapy, and as a 2-year (six terms) program for candidates with an Honours Bachelor of Music degree or allied degree (e.g. Psychology).
Within the official philosophy of Music-centered
Psychotherapy, the curriculum is
designed for advanced education in clinical musicianship, clinical improvisation,
group analytic practice, and contemporary psychotherapeutic theories in order
to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes for practicing music-centered
The Master of Music Therapy is course-based with supervised clinical practica in each year. Students also learn how to design and implement an original research study as well as write a clinical case study. For the Major Paper (MU609), students can complete a qualitative research study or a clinical case study.