Music Therapy, BMUS

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Are you interested in using music as a tool to serve clients across a lifespan to improve lives? The music therapy program at ASU provides training in engagement with music and active music making to develop clinical skills in music therapy.

The BMus program in music therapy prepares students for a career in health care, community-based and special education settings. Music therapists 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 helps a client achieve individual therapeutic goals. Educating the potential music therapist requires a wide range of musical, verbal and nonverbal skills. Music therapy students have many opportunities to develop their clinical skills. 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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Application 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 https://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-steps-to-apply for details. Admission to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre is based on an audition. Live auditions take place on campus in November (spring admission) and in January and February (fall admission) of each year. Applicants may review audition information at http://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-auditions.

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 will be 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 will remain 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 https://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-deadlines-fees for complete music deadlines.

Spring 2020: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is Oct. 15, 2019.

Fall 2020: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is Jan. 5, 2020.

Career outlook

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.

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
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 25.9%$97,870
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Music Therapists6.5%$47,680
Musicians, Instrumental6%*
Recreational Therapists6.5%$47,680
Singers6%*
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).

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