The Master of Music Therapy Degree
The Master of Music Therapy (MMT) degree is designed to prepare board-certified or board-eligible music therapists for advanced music therapy practice. In cooperation with their academic advisor, students select Specialty Areas and elective courses that will help meet their individual career objectives. Some Specialty Areas include Addictions, Expressive Arts, Gerontology, Health Care, Mental Health, and Developmental Disabilities. In consultation with their advisor, students also may design their own specialty area. This degree is designed to meet the standards established by the American Music Therapy Association and the National Association of Schools of Music for the Master of Music Therapy degree.
The Music Therapy Equivalency
The Music Therapy Equivalency is designed for students who hold undergraduate degrees in fields other than music therapy and who wish to prepare for professional certification as a music therapist. The Equivalency program leads to eligibility to take the national music therapy certification examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
Equivalency applicants whose Bachelor's degree is outside of music will apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music in music therapy as a transfer student. Applicants who hold baccalaureate degrees in music, but not music therapy, are required to complete the requirements for the Music Therapy Equivalency prior to enrolling in advanced music therapy courses required for the MMT degree.
Combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy Degree
Prospective students who hold baccalaureate degrees in music, but not music therapy, may apply for admission to a combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy program. In this program, students complete both requirements for eligibility to sit for the examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists and Master's degree requirements. Students in the combined Equivalency/Master's program typically take only equivalency courses in the first year of enrollment and must complete all Equivalency requirements including the internship prior to enrolling in MUS 5050, MUS 5051, MUS 5061, or MUS 5900. Continuation in the MMT program requires a grade of at least a B (3.0) in each music therapy course taken in each of the first two semesters of the Equivalency program and a cumulative Equivalency GPA of 3.0. Completion of both the Equivalency and the MMT is likely to require 3 ½ to 4 years of full-time study, including completion of clinical training.
Training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)
Appalachian offers all levels of training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). Level I of GIM training is a required part of coursework for the Masters in Music Therapy. While all three levels of training in GIM may be beyond the scope of a master's degree, portions of GIM training beyond Level I may be incorporated into an individual's graduate course of study, and the student may continue to the completion of training in the postgraduate period. MMT students interested in pursuing GIM training are encouraged to enroll in Level I training in the summer before their first fall semester of graduate study.
Double Master's Degrees: Master of Music Therapy and Master of Arts Degrees
Students who desire to do so may be able to pursue licensure in counseling or marriage and family therapy concurrently with the MMT degree. Admission to these double master’s degree programs requires that the student apply and be admitted to both programs. These courses of study require completion of the core requirements in both the Master of Music Therapy and the Master of Arts in either Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy programs. For students completing the double degree, the courses in counseling or marriage and family therapy serve as the Specialty Area for the MMT degree.