Music Therapy M.M.T.

As Georgia's only Master of Music Therapy program, we provide the opportunity to acquire an advanced theoretical, research and practical base for meeting the changing needs of the people served by the profession. By means of online education, teleconferencing and video conferencing, this program permits the establishment of virtual collaborative learning communities not limited by geographic constraints. On-campus visits twice per semester and one summer for an intensive seminar are mandatory as part of the degree program. Our Master of Music Therapy degree advances students from competencies achieved in undergraduate studies to competencies which are in depth, analytic, interdisciplinary and global. Applicants to the music therapy program must have completed a bachelors degree in music therapy, including an internship in an approved program, have completed a degree equivalency program, or have a bachelor's degree in a music-related field and are interested in an equivalency. 

Our program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Degree Requirements

See some of our students in action! Music therapy students perform “Eye of the Tiger” with musicians who happen to have developmental disabilities.

REGULAR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (20 points)
  • In-person or video interview and audition submitted with application (30 points)
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation (10 points)
  • Essay "What is Music Therapy?"  Use three scholarly references and APA style. (10 points)

Regular admission: 60 points and above.
 

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Admissions scores lower than 60 points (see regular admission criteria)
  • To gain regular admission, provisional students must complete 12 semester-hours of graduate coursework at GC with no less than a "B" in each course approved by the Graduate Coordinator and by the Chair of the Department of Music Therapy.
  • Admission to the Music Therapy Program is highly competitive and may be limited based on availability of qualified faculty and maintaining student to faculty ratios required by accreditation standards. All students may not be admitted.
  • Many agencies where clinical and practical experiences take place require students to undergo a criminal background check, urine drug screens and to meet the CDC standards for immunizations for health care professionals. Students desiring to enter a Music Therapy Program should consider these requirements. Agencies may refuse any student based on inability to meet these guidelines or other agency guidelines. Refusal of an agency to accept a student may delay or prevent a student from completing a program. Certification agencies may also refuse to license individuals who have committed certain criminal acts or other acts of moral turpitude.

Requirements of Interview and Audition (in Person or Via Video)
 

Interview:

  • Discuss your motivation for applying to Georgia College Master of Music Therapy Program.
  • Discuss your previous experiences in Music Therapy or other helping professions.
  • Discuss your professional and/or clinical areas of interest.
  • Discuss your experience in areas of research.

Audition:

  • Perform three (3) pieces using guitar and singing while playing. Should demonstrate a variety of picking styles and chord structures. Minimum of three (3) different chords and demonstration of bar chords*
  • Perform three (3) pieces using piano and singing while playing. Should demonstrate a variety of accompaniment patterns. Minimum of three (3) different chords.
  • Perform two (2) pieces on principle instrument.
  • Selections should reflect a variety of genres (including but not limited to classical, popular, jazz, and different eras).

    *If no guitar experience, please state this during the audition and use another accompanying instrument. Examples include: autoharp, QChord, ukulele
 

Academic Dismissal Policy

A graduate student will be placed on graduate academic probation if the student's institutional graduate grade point average falls below a 3.00 at any point during his or her graduate studies.

A graduate student will be dismissed if the student is placed on academic probation for more than one semester, receives more than one C during his or her graduate studies, or fails to comply with policy, procedures, and expectations as defined in the current version of the Master of Music Therapy Graduate Handbook.
 

Equivalency/Master Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted jointly to the Degree Equivalency/Master of Music Therapy Program. The Degree Equivalency Program must be completed on the GC campus and consists of undergraduate preparatory music therapy courses. Courses for the Master of Music Therapy Program may be taken concurrently.

 

Students must:

  • Be eligible for admission to the Degree Equivalency Program (See undergraduate catalog for requirements)
  • Have completed a bachelor's degree in a music related field
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (20 points)
  • In-person or video interview and audition submitted with application (30 points)
  • Essay "What is Music Therapy?" Use three scholarly references and APA style. (10 points)
  • Regular admission 60 points and above

 

Concurrent Bachelor of Music Therapy and Master of Music Therapy

Students may earn the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree in addition to completing the required equivalency courses necessary to be eligible to take the National Board Certification Examination. 

Graduation requirements for all Bachelor's degrees can be found at: Undergraduate Graduation Requirements.

Students choosing this option will apply for Admission as graduate students.

 

 

 

Fall 2019

  • Friday, Sept. 6 -- 7-9pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 7 -- 9:30-4pm
  • Friday, December 6 -- 7--9pm
  • Saturday, December 7 -- 9:30-4pm


Spring 2020

  • Friday, Jan. 17 -- 7-9pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 18 -- 9:30-4pm
  • Friday, April 24 -- 7-9pm
  • Saturday, April 25 -- 9:30-4pm

 

On-campus seminars are held twice each semester. These seminars are mandatory. Housing can be arranged with local students or local hotels. 

The purpose of the seminars is to facilitate experiential learning, a key component of music therapy education. This is necessary given the asynchronous format of the Master of Music Therapy Degree Program. Since course content is presented on Georgia View, Georgia College's online learning platform, 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.

Exceptions to attendance will be considered on an individual basis according to level in degree program and classes taken during a specific semester. Students will send requests for exceptions in writing to Chair, Department of Creative Arts Therapies.

  • Is the MMT online?  The Master of Music Therapy program delivery is distance education if you have a degree in music therapy and have completed the six-month internship under the supervision of an approved board certified music therapist.
  • I have a degree in music. Am I eligible for the program? You are eligible for the MMT with equivalency courses if you have a bachelor’s degree in a music-related field. The equivalency courses are taught on our campus. These courses are not online.
  • I have a degree in another field and not music or music therapy. What are my options?  You are eligible for a second bachelor’s degree in music therapy. You may also take the core music courses found on the Equivalency Check List and then apply for the MMT with Equivalency courses.
  • Do I have to come to campus? You will attend face-to-face on-campus seminars twice each semester. Each seminar is three days (Thursday-Saturday). During one summer you will attend an intensive one-week course.
  • I am an out-of-state student. What is the tuition?  All students in the program pay in-state tuition. There are fees for technology and a fee for on-line instruction. To view tuition and fees, click here.
  • Are there graduate assistantships available? There are two graduate assistantships available through the MMT. The assistantship waives tuition and pays a small stipend each semester. Graduate Assistants work 19 hours per week in our department. Responsibilities are similar to duties performed by a music therapist in practice. These assistantships are highly competitive. Other assistantships are available on campus. Please see GC Jobs for position descriptions.
  • Can I attend part-time? Attending part-time will extend the time to completion of the program but many students prefer to begin slowly especially if they have been out of school for a while.
  • Do I need to take the GRE? The GRE or MAT is no longer a requirement of admission. Other requirements are discussed under Admission Requirements
  • I see there is an audition. I do not play the guitar. Am I still eligible?  The audition assists faculty in building your individualized Program of Study. If you do not play guitar, you can substitute another accompanying instrument such as autoharp. Please see Audition Requirements for details of the audition.
  • Does the audition need to be in person? The audition can be in person, on video or submitted on a private online site such as YouTube.
  • Are students accepted only in Fall? Students’ feedback suggests beginning in Fall is an easier transition. However, students are accepted Fall, Spring and Summer. An individualized Program of Study ensures a well rounded educational experience.

 

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Documents

Eligibility Criteria (.pdf)

MMT Handbook (.pdf)

Program of Study (.pdf)

 

Creative Arts Therapies
130 Health Sciences Building  |  Campus Box 67
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-2645
Fax: (478) 445-4532