The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy uses an interdisciplinary approach to develop knowledge in music theory, history, and performance while providing focused training in music therapy, research and psychology.
The degree 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.
Before enrolling for internship MUTY 4246, 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 Large Ensemble (Meadows Symphony Orchestra or Meadows Wind Ensemble).
- Voice students must enroll in a choral ensemble.
- String students must enroll in Meadows Large Ensemble (Meadows Symphony Orchestra).
- Piano and guitar students must enroll in Meadows Jazz Orchestra or in one of the other ensembles listed above.
SMU Degree Requirements
An SMU undergraduate degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and must include completion of the University’s Common Curriculum, one major and a combination of electives and/or other majors or minors. Completion of certain majors requires more than 120 hours to finish the degree. The credit hours within this curriculum are distributed as follows: