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Music Therapy (BMT)


 waterloo

Music Therapy develops a clients’ potential abilities and enhances their quality of life by using music to address physical, emotional, intellectual or learning challenges.

As a student, you will participate in a variety of group and individual music therapy placements in our on-site clinics and throughout the community with a diverse set of clients including those with learning disabilities, autism, special needs, adolescents and geriatrics.

You can apply to the Bachelor of Music Therapy at the end of your second year in Laurier’s Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music in Community Music.

Because music therapists communicate with clients through music, they must have excellent musicianship and musical sensitivity. Nearly half of the required courses are in music, and include instrumental or vocal study, musical skills and ensemble work. Our program also features courses in clinical improvisation, case studies, therapeutic theories, and two years of group and one-on-one clinical placements on campus and in the community. You will also take courses in developmental, abnormal, clinical and social psychology.

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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.
  • 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.

Sample Courses

  • Intro to Music Therapy
  • Medical Music Therapy
  • Clinical Improvisation
  • Experiential Music Therapy
  • Music Therapy Theory and Research
  • Psychology of Music

Requirements

  • Must be registered in Laurier’s Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music in Community Music.
  • Complete 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.
  • High standing in Laurier music and psychology courses.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Interview with music therapy coordinator.
  • Audition

Careers

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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