Music Therapy and Counseling

Major: Music Therapy and Counseling
Degree Awarded: Master of Arts (MA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits:
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.

Additional Information

For more information about program, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Music Therapy website.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
CATX 501Foundations of Creative Arts Therapies2.0
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 509Social and Cultural Foundations4.5
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 575Theories and Methods in Music Therapy with Children and Adolescents 4.5
CATX 577Theories and Methods in Music Therapy with Adults and Older Adults 4.5
CATX 579Technological Applications in Music Therapy2.0
CATX 673Advanced Topics in Music Therapy and Counseling I: Music, Imagery and the Therapeutic Relationship3.0
CATX 674Advanced Topics in Music Therapy and Counseling II: Integrative and Community Processes3.0
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 632Advanced Clinical Internship & Internship Supervision III2.0
Culminating Project
CATX 625Culminating Project in Music Therapy I1.5
CATX 626Culminating Project in Music Therapy II1.5
Additional Electives
As needed, in consultation with the program director students can select the following electives:
For Culminating Project Only
Total Credits90.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
CATX 5012.0CATX 5712.5CATX 5722.5CTCN 5044.5
CATX 5702.5CATX 5774.5CATX 5734.0CTCN 5054.5
CATX 5754.5CTCN 5094.5CATX 5792.0 
CTCN 5014.5CTCN 5222.0CTCN 5034.5 
CTCN 5122.0 CTCN 5322.0 
 15.5 13.5 15 9
Second Year
CATX 6733.0CATX 6251.5CATX 6261.5 
CTCN 6014.5CATX 6743.0CATX 6784.0 
CTCN 6084.5CTCN 6034.5CTCN 6044.5 
CTCN 6122.0CTCN 6222.0CTCN 6322.0 
 14 11 12 
Total Credits 90

Creative Arts Therapies Department Faculty

Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC (Temple University) Director, PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies. Professor. Research in music therapy, chronic pain, systematic reviews.
Natalie Rae Carlton, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC (Lesley University) Director, Art Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. New media and art therapy, social justice in art activities, transgender and LGBTQ identity.
Christina Devereaux, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC (UCLA) Program Director for Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling. Associate Clinical Professor. Dance movement therapy, children, attachment, autism spectrum disorder, trauma, group work, clinical supervision.
Sharon W. Goodill, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Union Institute and University). 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.
Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA , ATR-BC (Harvard University) Interim Department Chair, Assistant Dean for Special Research Initiatives . Associate Professor. Art therapy, educational research, program evaluation, art therapy.
Dawn Morningstar, MCAT, VC-DMT, LP (Hahnemann University) Coordinator of CAT Clinical Services. Assistant Clinical Professor. Specialty in working with children and adolescents, Dance/movement therapist at Drexel's Parkway Health and Wellness faculty practice outpatient clinic.
Marisol S. Norris, PhD, MT-BC (Drexel University) Director, Music Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. . Community music therapy, critical pedagogies, Black aesthetics, culturally sustaining practice, radical healing framework.
Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC (MCP Hahnemann University). Associate Clinical Professor. Unresolved trauma; post-partum depression and anxiety; disordered eating and body image concerns; self-harming behaviors; dissociative disorders
Minjung Shim, PhD, BC-DMT (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Medical dance/movement therapy, chronic pain management, mindfulness-based interventions, clinical trials, theory/model-building, qualitative inquiries, scoping reviews.

Emeritus Faculty

Nancy Gerber, PhD, ATR-BC (Union Institute and University). Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. 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.
Florence Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC (Temple University) Director, Music Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. Clinical improvisation, trauma-informed music therapy, multicultural music therapy perspectives.
Ellen Schelly-Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Antioch NE Graduate School) Director of Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. Adults diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain and with histories of trauma; clinical supervision; ethics.
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