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Music Therapy (BMT)

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Music Therapy (BMT)

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Music Therapy uses music to address physical, emotional, intellectual or learning challenges. You’ll see first-hand the impact music therapy has on developing a client's potential abilities and enhancing their quality of life.

In Laurier's Music Therapy program, you'll participate in supervised group and individual placements with a diverse set of clients, including those with learning disabilities, autism, special needs, adolescents and geriatrics.

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Info for Current Students

Faculty of Music

Program Highlights

  • We offer the only Bachelor of Music Therapy program in Ontario.
  • A crucial component of our program is supervised clinical training, which is offered at our on-campus music therapy clinic – the only university-based clinic in Canada.
  • In fourth year, you'll begin a 1,000-hour internship (organized by Laurier), making you eligible to apply for accreditation as a music therapist through the Canadian Association for Music Therapy upon graduation.
  • You will use your major instrument in music therapy sessions as well as percussion, piano and guitar, which you will be taught at Laurier.
  • The Music Therapy Students Association (MTSA) hosts events throughout the year to support the academic, career and personal needs of our Music Therapy students. All music students can join MTSA.

First-Year Courses

Students interested in the Music Therapy program will be required to take all of the mandatory courses for either the Music or Community Music program, in addition to taking the following three courses as their 1.5 electives.

  • Introduction to Music Therapy
  • Introduction to Psychology I
  • Introduction to Psychology II

Admission Requirements

Must be registered in Laurier’s Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music in Community Music.

Must complete the following courses:

  • MU158: Introduction to Music Therapy
  • PS101/102: Introduction to Psychology
  • PS275: Introduction to Developmental Psychology, Infancy and Childhood
  • PS276: Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Adolescence and Young Adulthood, or PS377: Developmental Psychology: Adults and Elders.

Must have high standing in Laurier Music and Psychology courses and strong interpersonal skills.

Admission requirements also include an interview with the music therapy coordinator and an audition.


Music therapist job settings include:

  • hospitals
  • day treatment programs
  • community programs
  • correctional centres
  • long-term care centres
  • substance abuse and addictions centres
  • schools
  • hospices
  • private practice

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