Music Therapy, BMUS

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The BMus program in music therapy prepares students for a career in health care, community-based and special education settings. Music therapy majors learn to use carefully planned music interventions to achieve desired changes in a client's individualized behavior and functioning.

Music therapy is a profession in which engagement and receptive or active music-making help a client achieve individual therapeutic goals. Music therapy students develop a wide range of musical, verbal and nonverbal skills through the programs' many opportunities to work in clinical settings. Students also study:

  • human anatomy
  • musical improvisation
  • popular music styles
  • psychology
  • songwriting
  • special education
  • world music

At A Glance

Music Therapy, BMUS

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Important: Applicants must submit an ASU application for undergraduate admission in addition to a separate School of Music, Dance and Theatre application. Students should visit for details. Admission to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre is based on an audition. Auditions take place in November (spring admission) and in January and February (fall admission) of each year. Applicants may review audition information at

Admission to the music program is highly selective and based on an audition process. Students are admitted as music audition students and must successfully complete the audition before enrolling in music major courses. Upon admission to both ASU and the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, the applicant's major is changed to music. In the event a student is admitted to ASU but not to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre or misses the audition deadline, the student remains as a music audition major and will need to successfully pass the music audition milestone in the first semester in order to gain admission into the program.

Application Deadlines: Students should visit for complete music deadlines.

Spring admission: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is October 15.

Fall admission: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is January 5.

Career outlook

Graduates are eligible to sit for the music therapy certification examination given by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. They should visit the ASU professional licensure website for information about licensure in Arizona and other states.

Positions are available regionally and nationally in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Graduates are prepared to work in the fields of community music therapy and wellness, geriatric care, mental health, physical rehabilitation, special education, or within veteran and military populations.

A music therapy career may also provide an opportunity for private practice with flexible hours.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art Directors-1.8%$97,270
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 20.5%$99,090
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.6%$60,810
Music Directors and Composers1.7%$52,250
Music Therapists 14.6%$57,310
Musicians and Singers0.9%*
Recreational Therapists 8.3%$47,710
Therapists, All Other 14.6%$57,310

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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