The Bachelor of Music degree with a major in music therapy is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Successful completion of this program entitles the graduate to take the national board examination in music therapy administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. The official designation by the board is MT-BC, the nationally accepted credential of qualified music therapists.
Students majoring in music therapy have two junior-level performance options: 1) to present a minimum of one solo performance in general recital each term of the junior year or 2) to present a half recital of 30 minutes. Before enrolling for internship MUTY 4144, the student must meet the following conditions:
- Completed all course, practicum and preclinical work.
- Demonstrated good physical health and emotional stability.
- Achieved functional competency on piano, guitar, percussion and voice.
- Achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.500 and a 2.750 in all music therapy courses.
Students completing this program of study may add a minor in psychology with nine additional psychology credits.
The following, by adviser approval, fulfill large ensemble requirements for music therapy majors:
- Wind and percussion students are required to enroll in the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Wind Ensemble or SMU Symphony Band.
- Voice students must enroll in a choral ensemble.
- String students must enroll in Meadows Symphony Orchestra or Mustang Strings.
- Piano and guitar students must enroll in Meadows Jazz Orchestra or in one of the other ensembles listed above.