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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Therapy, B.M.


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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:

  1. Completed all course, practicum and preclinical work.
  2. Demonstrated good physical health and emotional stability.
  3. Achieved functional competency on piano, guitar, percussion and voice.
  4. 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:

Requirements for the Major


Core Courses


Private Instrumental or Vocal Studies 3200 or 3100 (10 Credit Hours)


PERE Large Ensemble (2 Credit Hours)


Two terms

PERE Other Ensemble(s) (3 Credit Hours)


Three terms

Music Therapy Internship (2 Credit Hours)


Music/AMAE Electives (11 Credit Hours)


May include MURE 3101  optional recital.

Total for the Major Only: 95 - 96 Credit Hours


Note: Students with a concentration in voice, percussion or guitar must substitute music electives for the corresponding technique class.

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