Our Master of Music Therapy (MMT) program is the longest-running graduate music therapy program in Canada. We have the only clinical improvisation analysis and low frequency lab in Canada, established in 2013 for improvisation and low frequency sound research. The clinic is funded through the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR), also housed at Laurier.
The philosophy of our program is music psychotherapy. Clinical musicianship, which includes skills in improvisation, song-writing, and therapeutic music listening, and psychotherapeutic techniques are developed through clinical, theoretical and experiential practices.
Based on your reserach interests, you will conduct a Major Research Paper (MRP) with the option of doing an original research study or clinical case study. We teach both evidence-based and practice-based research and offer supervision expertise in qualitative, clinical, arts-based and music medicine research. If you are interested, you can conduct your study at the Improvisation Analysis and Low Frequency Sound Laboratory. Our cutting-edge equipment includes Matlab, Logic Software, Music Therapy Toolbox, Sound Beam, Mallet Kat-studio, Digital keyboard, drumsets, Physioacoustic chairs, neurofeedback equipment and more. The Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR) offers Research Assistantship opportunities for several students every year. We also offer Teaching Assistantship opportunities for our students.
Our MMT program is offered as a full-time, one-year (three terms) program for those with a Bachelor of Music Therapy, or as a two-year (six terms) program for those with a Bachelor of Music degree (honours), or (providing all program pre-requisties are met) other applicable honours degree.
In our two-year program, you’ll complete one practica in your first year and a one-day-per-week practicum for two terms in your second year. For your first practicum, you’ll work with another student and clients at Laurier’s onsite clinic. You’ll also partake in group sessions in off-campus community settings. In your second year, you’ll work in an off-campus facility. At the end of your first and second years, a full-time summer placement will give you additional clinical experience. Practicum courses are linked with classroom courses so that you can make connections between music therapy/music psychotherapy theories and practices. In the practicum courses, you’ll be able to work with a variety of client populations.
Our one-year programme has two fields and students can choose according to their interests and future plans:
More information can be found on the International Applicants page.
Our graduates have gone on to work in health care, education and private practice. Examples of jobs held by our graduates include:
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