Music Therapy Master of Music (M.M.) – Music Therapy Specialization

Course Descriptions

MU 543 – Advanced Research Methods in Music Therapy

This course is designed to help music therapy professionals gain a better understanding of research in order to critically read and participate in research. Students will learn the components of designing, conducting, and disseminating a research project. Emphasis will be placed on quantitative research methodology and applicable statistical testing. Students will learn how to use methodologies that are commonly applied in the clinical setting with small and large populations. Students will have the opportunity to conduct their own research project, resulting in a research article and research poster presentation.

MU 545 – Composition for Music Therapy Practitioners

Students have the opportunity to explore their own composition and improvisation skills as they relate to facilitating music therapy sessions. They explore topics in music theory, composition, and improvisation, and incorporate those concepts into compositions and improvisations. Music recording technology is also explored in this course.

MU 647 – Historic Foundations of Music Therapy

In this course, students have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the history of music therapy. Beginning in the 1700s and ending in present-day music therapy practice, students are exposed to early pioneers, learn about the original scientific studies in music therapy, and encounter some very interesting individuals and ideas along the way.

MU 648 – Neuroscience/Music Foundations in Therapy

This course is designed to provide students with the historical and scientific foundations of neuroscience in music therapy (including foundations in neurologic music therapy). Concepts covered will include the biological foundations of music, current developments in the neurosciences of music, biomedical research in music, and current scientific evidence for clinical practice.

MU 649 – Advanced Practice in Music Therapy

This course is designed to provide the working music therapist with experience in advanced practice. Students will discuss topics in clinical practice including the incorporation of current neuroscience research and evidence-based protocols. Students will receive hands-on instruction during one long weekend at CSU. This course will provide students with a unique opportunity to further their knowledge of clinical techniques while receiving advanced instruction from the CSU faculty. During the four-day on-campus component, students work together to solve clinical problems, work through different techniques and protocols, and further their understanding of advanced music therapy practice.

MU 686 – Music Therapy Practicum

This course is designed to further the working music therapist's clinical skills. The student will practice music therapy techniques while working in their selected population. Students will record current clinical work and will submit video for review by the CSU faculty, receiving written feedback and suggestions for further development of their clinical practice.

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