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 Master of Arts program in Music Therapy and Counseling educates students for creative, responsive and effective therapy practice, in which music is the essential mode of transformation. Through a balance of classroom education and clinically supervised practicum and internship experiences, students develop a strong foundation for skilled clinical practice. The 90 quarter-credit curriculum includes specific music therapy coursework in areas such as clinical musicianship; clinical improvisation; theories and methods for children, adolescents, adults and older adults, and technological applications, as well as general mental health counseling coursework in human development; social and cultural foundations; clinical appraisal and assessment, and group dynamics. All courses are taught at the graduate level. Graduates are eligible for Board Certification through the Certification Board for Music Therapists, as well as professional counseling licensure in Pennsylvania (upon completion of post-graduation requirements).

Music therapists use music within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals. Research shows that music therapy is an effective treatment for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging-related conditions, substance abuse problems, acute and chronic pain, and brain injuries. Graduates of the MA in Music Therapy & Counseling program go on to work in a variety of clinical environments, including but not limited to: medical and behavioral health in-patient and out-patient settings; community health and wellness centers; schools and afterschool programs; trauma-informed settings; correctional facilities; elder care facilities, and private practices. Students also pioneer new frontiers in therapy application through clinical work and research.

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

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
CATX 501Foundations of the Creative Arts Therapies3.0
CTCN 501Human Psychological Development 4.5
CTCN 503DSM and Psychopathology4.5
CTCN 504Professional Orientation and Ethics4.5
CTCN 505Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy4.5
CTCN 508Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Music Therapy4.5
CTCN 601Introduction to Behavioral Research4.5
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
CTCN 604Career Counseling4.5
CTCN 608Group Dynamics in Counseling and Music Therapy4.5
Music Therapy Track Courses
CATX 570Clinical Musicianship I2.5
CATX 571Clinical Musicianship II2.5
CATX 572Clinical Musicianship III2.5
CATX 573Clinical Musical Improvisation4.0
CATX 575Music Therapy Theories & Methods: Children and Adolescents4.0
CATX 577Music Therapy Theories & Methods: Adults and Older Adults4.0
CATX 579Technological Applications in Music Therapy2.0
CATX 670Music and Imagery Methods in Music Therapy2.0
CATX 676Theories in Music Psychotherapy & Counseling2.0
CATX 677Advanced Music Therapy Skills: Integrative Methods2.0
CATX 678Advanced Clinical Improvisation & Musical Analysis4.0
Clinical Education Courses
CTCN 512Clinical Practicum & Practicum Supervision I2.0
CTCN 522Clinical Practicum & Practicum Supervision II2.0
CTCN 532Clinical Practicum & Practicum Supervision III2.0
CTCN 612Clinical Internship & Internship Supervision I2.0
CTCN 622Clinical Internship & Internship Supervision II2.0
CTCN 632Clinical Internship & Internship Supervision III2.0
Culminating Project3.0
Complete at least 3 credits
Culminating Project in Music Therapy I
Culminating Project in Music Therapy II
Additional Electives
As needed, in consultation with the program director students can select the following electives:
For Culminating Project Only
Independent Study in Creative Arts Therapy
Total Credits90.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CTCN 501Human Psychological Development 4.5
CTCN 512Clinical Practicum & Practicum Supervision I2.0
CATX 570Clinical Musicianship I2.5
CATX 575Music Therapy Theories & Methods: Children and Adolescents4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 2
CTCN 508Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Music Therapy4.5
CTCN 522Clinical Practicum & Practicum Supervision II2.0
CATX 571Clinical Musicianship II2.5
CATX 577Music Therapy Theories & Methods: Adults and Older Adults4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 3
CTCN 503DSM and Psychopathology4.5
CTCN 532Clinical Practicum & Practicum Supervision III2.0
CATX 572Clinical Musicianship III2.5
CATX 573Clinical Musical Improvisation4.0
CATX 579Technological Applications in Music Therapy2.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
CATX 501Foundations of the Creative Arts Therapies3.0
CTCN 504Professional Orientation and Ethics4.5
CTCN 505Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy4.5
 Term Credits12.0
Term 5
CTCN 601Introduction to Behavioral Research4.5
CTCN 608Group Dynamics in Counseling and Music Therapy4.5
CTCN 612Clinical Internship & Internship Supervision I2.0
CATX 676Theories in Music Psychotherapy & Counseling2.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 6
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
CTCN 622Clinical Internship & Internship Supervision II2.0
CATX 625Culminating Project in Music Therapy I1.0
CATX 670Music and Imagery Methods in Music Therapy2.0
CATX 677Advanced Music Therapy Skills: Integrative Methods2.0
 Term Credits11.5
Term 7
CTCN 604Career Counseling4.5
CTCN 632Clinical Internship & Internship Supervision III2.0
CATX 626Culminating Project in Music Therapy II2.0
CATX 678Advanced Clinical Improvisation & Musical Analysis4.0
 Term Credits12.5
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.
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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