Music Therapy and Counseling

Major: Music Therapy and Counseling
Degree Awarded: Master of Arts (MA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours:
90.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2305
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1129

About the Program

The two-year Music Therapy and Counseling program consists of a 90.0 quarter-credit curriculum that combines didactic, experiential and clinical learning experiences. Students develop advanced music therapy competencies based upon theoretical knowledge, practical skills and self-reflective processes within a framework of multicultural perspectives.   

Music therapy students study alongside those in the art therapy and dance/movement therapy programs in counseling and psychotherapy core courses. Clinical training occurs in a variety of settings and integrates music therapy with current developmental, neuroscience, mental health and medical foundations. Theoretical and experiential music therapy courses draw upon current evidence-based literature for the development of foundational and advanced methods and techniques. All coursework is designed to assist students in cultivating awareness of the use of the self within the music therapy and counseling relationship. 

The Music Therapy and Counseling Curriculum is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the exam of the Certification Board for Music Therapists, to earn the MT-BC credential.

For additional information about program, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Music Therapy web site.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
ARTS 501Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy I2.0
ARTS 502Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy II2.0
ARTS 504Human Psychological Development I2.0
ARTS 505Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology I2.0
ARTS 506Professional Orientation and Ethics I1.0
ARTS 509Human Psychological Development II2.0
ARTS 513Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology II2.0
ARTS 519Neuroscience: Concepts and Applications for Creative Arts Therapy 3.0
ARTS 604Career Counseling4.0
ARTS 606Professional Orientation and Ethics II3.0
ARTS 507Group Dynamics in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 508Introduction to Behavioral Research I2.0
ARTS 515Introduction to Behavioral Research II2.0
ARTS 601Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 605Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy II2.0
ARTS 602Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment I2.0
ARTS 607Clinical Appraisal and Assessment II2.0
Music Therapy Track Courses
ARTS 570Clinical Musicianship I2.0
ARTS 571Clinical Musicianship II2.0
ARTS 572Clinical Musicianship III2.0
ARTS 573Clinical Musical Improvisation I2.0
ARTS 574Clinical Musical Improvisation II2.0
ARTS 575Theories in Music Therapy and Counseling I: Musical Development in Children2.0
ARTS 577Music Therapy and Counseling Approaches for Adult Populations2.0
ARTS 578Music Therapy Skills and Counseling Approaches for Child and Adolescent Populations2.0
ARTS 579Music Therapy Skills III: Technological Applications2.0
ARTS 580Psychology of Music2.0
ARTS 670Advanced Music Therapy and Counseling Skills I: Music and Imagery Approaches2.0
ARTS 671Advanced Music Therapy and Counseling Skills II: Group Processes2.0
ARTS 672Multicultural Perspectives in Music Therapy and Counseling2.0
ARTS 676Theories in Music Therapy and Counseling II: Theoretical Models2.0
ARTS 677Advanced Music Therapy Skills III: Wellness and Mind/Body Approaches2.0
ARTS 678Clinical Internship Laboratory: Musical Analysis2.0
Clinical Education Courses
ARTS 510Clinical Practicum I: Observation1.0
ARTS 511Clinical Practicum II1.0
ARTS 512Clinical Practicum III1.0
ARTS 581Music Therapy Group Supervision I1.0
ARTS 582Music Therapy Group Supervision II1.0
ARTS 583Music Therapy Group Supervision III1.0
ARTS 610Clinical Internship I3.0
ARTS 611Clinical Internship II3.0
ARTS 612Clinical Internship III3.0
Thesis
ARTS 621Thesis I1.0
ARTS 622Thesis II1.0
ARTS 623Thesis III1.0
ARTS 624Thesis IV1.0
Additional Electives
As needed, in consultation with the program director students can select the following electives:
ARTS 625For Thesis Only0.0
ARTS 699Independent Study in Creative Arts Therapy1.0-4.0
Total Credits90.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ARTS 501Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy I2.0
ARTS 504Human Psychological Development I2.0
ARTS 505Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology I2.0
ARTS 506Professional Orientation and Ethics I1.0
ARTS 510Clinical Practicum I: Observation1.0
ARTS 570Clinical Musicianship I2.0
ARTS 573Clinical Musical Improvisation I2.0
ARTS 575Theories in Music Therapy and Counseling I: Musical Development in Children2.0
ARTS 577Music Therapy and Counseling Approaches for Adult Populations2.0
ARTS 581Music Therapy Group Supervision I1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
ARTS 502Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy II2.0
ARTS 507Group Dynamics in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 508Introduction to Behavioral Research I2.0
ARTS 511Clinical Practicum II1.0
ARTS 513Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology II2.0
ARTS 571Clinical Musicianship II2.0
ARTS 574Clinical Musical Improvisation II2.0
ARTS 578Music Therapy Skills and Counseling Approaches for Child and Adolescent Populations2.0
ARTS 582Music Therapy Group Supervision II1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ARTS 509Human Psychological Development II2.0
ARTS 512Clinical Practicum III1.0
ARTS 515Introduction to Behavioral Research II2.0
ARTS 519Neuroscience: Concepts and Applications for Creative Arts Therapy 3.0
ARTS 572Clinical Musicianship III2.0
ARTS 579Music Therapy Skills III: Technological Applications2.0
ARTS 580Psychology of Music2.0
ARTS 583Music Therapy Group Supervision III1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
ARTS 604Career Counseling4.0
ARTS 621Thesis I1.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 5
ARTS 601Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 602Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 610Clinical Internship I3.0
ARTS 622Thesis II1.0
ARTS 670Advanced Music Therapy and Counseling Skills I: Music and Imagery Approaches2.0
ARTS 676Theories in Music Therapy and Counseling II: Theoretical Models2.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 6
ARTS 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment I2.0
ARTS 605Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy II2.0
ARTS 611Clinical Internship II3.0
ARTS 623Thesis III1.0
ARTS 671Advanced Music Therapy and Counseling Skills II: Group Processes2.0
ARTS 672Multicultural Perspectives in Music Therapy and Counseling2.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 7
ARTS 606Professional Orientation and Ethics II3.0
ARTS 607Clinical Appraisal and Assessment II2.0
ARTS 612Clinical Internship III3.0
ARTS 624Thesis IV1.0
ARTS 677Advanced Music Therapy Skills III: Wellness and Mind/Body Approaches2.0
ARTS 678Clinical Internship Laboratory: Musical Analysis2.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 90.0

Creative Arts Therapies Department Faculty

Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC (Art Institute of Chicago). Clinical Professor. Art therapy with diverse populations, art therapy in non-profit settings, clinical supervision.
Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC (Temple University). Associate Professor. Research in music therapy, chronic pain, systematic reviews.
Natalie Rae Carlton, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC (Leslie University) Director, Art Therapy MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. New media and art therapy, social justice in art activities, transgender and LGBTQ identity.
Abby Dougherty, PhD, NCC, LPC (Walden University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Mindfulness in counseling and counselor education, relational-cultural theory, the use of creativity in counseling supervision, students with learning disabilities in higher education, and qualitative research.
Nancy Gerber, PhD, ATR-BC (Union Institute and University) Director, PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies. Associate Clinical Professor. Art therapy assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults; modern psychoanalysis and art therapy; arts therapy education and doctoral education; arts based research and mixed methods research.
Sharon W. Goodill, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Union Institute and University) Chair, Department of Creative Arts Therapies. Clinical Professor. Medical dance/movement, mind/body studies, movement assessment for DMT, CAT research and leadership.
Scott Horowitz, MA, MT-BC, LPC (Drexel University) Director of Field Education. Clinical Instructor. Interdisciplinary practice and education, developmental models of clinical and practicum supervision, music therapy and neurodevelopmental populations.
Florence Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC (Temple University) Director, Music Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Clinical improvisation, trauma-informed music therapy, multicultural music therapy perspectives.
Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA (Harvard University). Assistant Professor. Art therapy, educational research, program evaluation, art therapy.
Dawn Morningstar, MCAT, VC-DMT, LP (Hahnemann University). Associate Clinical Professor. Specialty in working with children and adolescents, Dance/movement therapist at Drexel's Parkway Health and Wellness faculty practice outpatient clinic.
Michele D. Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC (MCP Hahnemann University) Coordinator of CAT Clinical Services. Assistant Clinical Professor.
Ellen Schelly-Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Antioch NE Graduate School) Director of Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Adults diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain and with histories of trauma; clinical supervision; ethics.
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