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Music Therapy Graduate Program Program Policies

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On-Campus Seminars
On-campus seminars are held 2 times each semester. These seminars are mandatory. Unexcused absences will result in grades of all core master level music therapy courses covered at the seminar to be lowered by 25% and may result in suspension from the program.

The first seminar is held within the first three weeks of classes. The second seminar is held within the last two weeks of classes. Seminars are held on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday. Housing can be arranged with local students.

The purpose of the seminars is to facilitate the learning community through face-to-face interactions. This is necessary due to the asynchronous format of the Master of Music Therapy Degree Program. Course content is presented via distance education through WebCT courses. The seminars provide the part of graduate study that is traditionally acquired during class meetings such as forming positive relationships, participation as a group, and understanding individual strengths and needs.

Goals of the On-Campus Seminars:

1. To develop group cohesiveness.

2. To form positive working relationships.

3. To clarify course expectations and assignments.

4. To increase oral presentation skills.

5. To share projects and course assignments.

6. To augment distance education.

Course Delivery
The Core Music Therapy Master level courses are delivered via Web CT/VISTA. Students must attend a mandatory weekend seminar at the beginning of each semester to begin each course. All courses have specific interactive components such as on-line discussions, live chats with guest lecturers and GC faculty, student presentations, on-line quizzes, and analytical assignments that require investigation and documentation. All assignments have due dates that must be followed. Negotiation is possible before the due date but late assignments will result in reduction of the grade. APA (American Psychological Association) style of writing and research is expected. Students attend a final mandatory weekend seminar at the end of the semester to present projects and assignments in a face to face format.

Minimum Computer Requirements


  • 2.8 GHz Intel or AMD processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • Windows XP
  • MS Office XP or 2003
  • 40 GB HDD
  • CD/RW or DVD/RW drive
  • USB Key Drive (256 MB)
  • 10/100 Network Card
  • 17 in Monitor
  • Anti-virus software
  • Color inkjet printer
  • Surge protector
  • CAT5e network cable


  • 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron M processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Windows XP
  • MS Office XP or 2003
  • 40 GB HDD
  • CD/RW or DVD/RW drive
  • USB Key Drive (256 MB)
  • 10/100 network card and/or integrated wireless (802.11 b/g) network card
  • Anti-virus software
  • Color inkjet printer
  • Surge protector

Student must also have internet access. For additional assistance, contact Client Support Resources at (478) 445-SERV (7378).

Plagiarism Policy
GC policies concerning plagiarism will be followed.

Drugs & Alcohol Policy
GC policies concerning alcohol and drugs will be followed.




Contact Information
Dr. Chesley Mercado
Campus Box 67
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone 478-445-2645
Fax 478-445-2645

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 unique mixture of diverse  individuals. Diversity encompasses
 issues of gender, race, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status,
 sexual orientation, ability, color, country of origin, and more.
 The Department of Music Therapy values and respects the
 diversity of individuals and seeks to prepare students who will
 be capable of working effectively with individuals of varying
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