The Music Therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy is earned at the completion of four years of coursework plus six months of clinical internship (MTHR 187). Students are eligible for the Board Certification Examination upon the completion of the internship at an approved clinical facility. Students must be enrolled for at least one unit of MTHR 187 during the semesters that cover the start and completion dates of the internship. Final grade for all sections of MTHR 187 is given only upon receipt of the final internship evaluation.

In order to complete the Music Therapy degree, students must obtain a grade of B- or better in Music Therapy courses and demonstrate interpersonal and professional skills appropriate to the clinical profession as evaluated by the Music Therapy Faculty. A student who does not receive such a grade following the second attempt through a particular course is disqualified from the Music Therapy major.

A student who receives a grade of less than B- in either MTHR 011 or MTHR 018 may not enroll in upper-division Music Therapy core courses until a B- grade or better is obtained in each of these lower-division courses.

All Music Therapy majors are required to demonstrate functional proficiencies on piano, guitar, and voice before they enroll in the senior level capstone courses MTHR 141, MTHR 142, and MTHR 150 section 02. Voice competencies are assessed in the MAPP 001E voice class and during fieldwork. All students, regardless of major instrument, must complete the voice competencies, pass all parts of the piano functional examination, and both beginning and advanced level functional guitar examinations. These examinations are given within the functional courses, but may also be passed at the examination time offered at the end of each semester.

Bachelor of Music Major in Music Therapy

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in music therapy.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars.  

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in all Music Therapy courses.

Major Area
MAPP 010 Applied Music *8
MTHR 011Music as Therapy: A Survey of Clinical Applications **3
MTHR 018Basic Skills for Music Therapists and Allied Professionals **3
MTHR 020Observation and Assessment in Music Therapy2
MTHR 135Music with Children in Inclusive Settings: Therapeutic and Educational Applications3
MTHR 139Research in Music2
MTHR 140Psychology of Music2
MTHR 141Music Therapy in Mental Health and Social Services3
MTHR 142Music Therapy in Medicine and Health Care3
MTHR 150Fieldwork in Music Therapy ***4
MTHR 187Internship in Music Therapy ****2
Supportive Courses in Music
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
Select 8 units of the following:8
Jazz Ensemble
University Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Opera Production
University Chorus
Pacific Singers
MAPP 001BFunctional Guitar Class (Must be taken for 2 units)1
MAPP 001DClass Piano (Must be taken for 2 units)1
MAPP 001EVoice Class (Must be taken for 1 units)0.5-1
MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
SPED 125XTeaching Exceptional Learners2
Behavioral Health Science Elective (BIO, SPED, SLPA, EDUC & PYSC)11
Music Electives11
Non-Music Electives3

Clinical Musicianship

  1. Accompany self and ensembles proficiently.
  2. Play/sing a basic repertoire of traditional, folk, and popular songs in several keys.

Social Science Foundations

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of normal human development, exceptionality, and psychopathology.
  2. Articulate common/specific principles of therapy and the importance of the therapeutic relationship.

Music Therapy Foundations/Principles

  1. Demonstrate knowledge about the historical, philosophical, psychological, physiological, and sociological bases for the use of music as therapy.
  2. Explain the impact of contemporary issues in healthcare and education on music therapy practice.
  3. Identify various models of traditional and contemporary music therapy practice.

Clinical Foundations

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of various client populations.
  2. Carry out clinical functions including: conducting assessments; planning treatment; implementing treatment; documenting progress (oral/written); and terminating treatment/planning discharge.

Ethics and Professionalism

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of professional role and ethics.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of professional standards of clinical practice; interdisciplinary collaboration in designing and implementing treatment programs; supervision and administration.

Evidence-Based Practice

  1. Interpret information in the professional research literature.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of historical, quantitative, and qualitative research.
  3. Apply research findings to clinical practice in music therapy.

Professional Sustainability

  1. Identify ways in which music therapists can minimize their impact on the environment or social ecology through practice modifications.
  2. Describe innovative means of expanding service delivery while maintaining the integrity of the profession and employability of music therapists.