Jun 15, 2024  
2024-2025 General Catalog 
  
2024-2025 General Catalog

Music Therapy - BS


Caine College of the Arts

Department of Music

 

About This Degree

Utah State offers the only music therapy program in the state of Utah, and the program is one of only five in the western United States.

USU employs top music therapy educators who attract students from around the world. USU music therapy graduates have a 100% pass rate on the national board certification exam and 100% job placement, as music therapists are in high demand across the nation. Graduates also have excellent internship placement at nationally competitive sites throughout the country. A degree in music therapy prepares students for an established healthcare profession that uses music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages.

Music therapists can improve the quality of life for people who are healthy as well as children and adults with illnesses or disabilities. They help others manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and improve health through music therapy practices.

Minimum University Requirements


Admission Requirements For This Program


  • New freshmen:
    • Admitted to USU in Good Standing
    • Acceptance into the Music Therapy major based on competitive selection through audition/interview process.
    • 3.00 GPA
  • Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU:

    • Admitted to USU in Good Standing
    • Acceptance into the Music Therapy major based on competitive selection through audition/interview process.
    • 3.00 GPA

Notes:


All individual instruction courses must be passed with a grade of B- or better. All music therapy courses (MUSC prefix) must be passed with a grade of B or better. All other music courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. Music requires a 3.0 GPA in music classes and 3.0 GPA overall for admission as transfer student and for scholarship eligibility.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements .

STAT 1040  or STAT 1045  or STAT 1080  is required for the Music Therapy major for  Quantitative Literacy (QL) .

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements. 

Music Therapy Requirements


Individual instruction courses on major instrument must be passed with a grade of B- or higher. All music therapy courses (MUSC prefix) must be passed with a grade of B or better. All other music courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. Music requires a 3.0 GPA in music classes and 3.0 GPA overall for admission as a transfer student and for scholarship eligibility.

Music Therapy Behavioral Elective Courses (9 credits)


Music Therapy students must earn a minimum of 9 credits of Behavioral Health/Natural Sciences electives from the list of courses below, or courses approved by the Music Therapy Program Director. These courses can be leveraged to satisfy many of the requirements for the Psychology minor. Please see the Psychology - Minor  requirements in this catalog for details.

Recital and Concert Attendance Requirement


To graduate, students are required to attend a minimum of 80 concerts or recitals. Recital and concert attendance is monitored and recorded in the Music Student Services office. Students should turn in programs after attending concerts and recitals for documentation of attendance.

Licensure Notification


This program typically leads to licensure and was designed to meet licensing qualifications in the state of Utah. If students wish to work in another state within the United States, they should review the qualifications for that state and the Education Licensure Compliance Table provided by School of Teacher Education and Leadership.

For more information, please contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at https://cehs.usu.edu/teal/

Open Electives


Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. Please consult your  Academic Advisor for details.

Total Credits: 120


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