Music Therapy B.M.T.

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Music Therapy B.M.T.

The Bachelor of Music Therapy degree program prepares students for a rewarding career in music therapy and requires extensive training in both musical and clinical skills. The BMT program provides the interdisciplinary and clinical training necessary to meet the diverse emotional, mental, social, and physical health care needs of clientele. As an established allied health profession, music therapists work in a variety of settings including private practices or in hospitals, hospices, schools, and other facilities. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) exam. Upon passing the exam, graduates earn the MT-BC (music therapist - board certified) credential and are then eligible to apply for the music therapy license in the state of Georgia to practice as a licensed professional music therapist (LPMT).  This program is fully approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Program Requirements:

  • Prospective students must successfully pass an entrance audition and interview to be accepted into the program, including freshman and transfer students.
  • Four years of academic work, followed by a six-month, full-time, off-campus internship.
  • Milestone requirements include successfully passing a junior audition (midway point of the program) and taking the music therapy senior exit exam during the last semester of coursework.
  • Students must complete academic coursework prior to starting internship.

CURRICULUM:

  • 45% of courses are dedicated to musical foundations including courses that focus on Music Theory, Conducting & Arranging, and Music History.
  • 30% of courses focus on the principles and practices of music therapy including Improvisation, Research in Music, and the Psychology of Music.
  • Core music classes with all music majors.
  • Six semesters of applied lessons and participation in a variety of music ensembles. 
  • Students take courses in guitar, piano, percussion, and voice in preparation for functional uses in therapy.

CLINICAL TRAINING:

  • Students earn a total of 1,200 clinical training hours.
  • 180 supervised pre-internship clinical training hours are embedded throughout the coursework, beginning the very first semester in the program.
  • Students gain clinical experiences through access to approximately 20 different local and regional facilities, hospitals, and schools.
  • Students have the unique opportunity to observe and work with professional music therapists through the Music Therapy Clinic of Georgia College.
  • Students have access to a wide variety of resources to support their clinical training and coursework including a multitude of adaptive instruments and equipment, a sensory room, a dedicated clinic room, and several Somatron vibro-acoustic products.   

This program is designed to satisfy the current educational requirements of, and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The program is fully approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

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