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The BMus program in music therapy prepares students for a career in the health care and special education professions. Music therapists use carefully planned music interventions to achieve desired changes in client individualized behavior and functioning. Music therapy is a profession in which engagement in active music-making helps a client achieve individual therapeutic goals. Educating the potential music therapist requires a wide range of musical skills and the ability to work with people in a therapeutic manner. Music therapy students have many opportunities to develop their clinical skills. Students also study:
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Graduates are eligible to sit for the music therapy certification examination given by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. 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.
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:
|Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary||25.9%||$97,870|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||7.5%||$59,170|
|Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||7.5%||$57,720|
|Music Composers and Arrangers||5.7%||$50,590|
|Therapists, All Other||19.9%||$53,850|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).