As a student in CSU's online music therapy master's program, you receive the same education, learn from the same faculty, and earn the same regionally accredited degree as students on campus. Additionally, you can expect:
- Education that Helps You Help Others: Make a difference in the lives of people of all ages by developing your skills as a music therapist to assist in the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.
- A Well-Balanced Educational Experience: Explore music therapy research and music methodology in core classes emphasizing evidence-based practice and the neuroscience of music therapy. Further specialize your skill-set by selecting elective coursework in subjects such as counseling, human development, and psychology.
- A Neuroscience Approach: CSU is a leader among universities in neuroscience research applied to music therapy. Through this specialized lens, learn how to affect change in an individual's psychosocial functioning, speech and language development, cognition, sensorimotor skills, and more.
- A Connection to Medical Professionals: Knowledge and understanding of neuroscience terminology will better prepare you to communicate with medical professionals to further the reach of how music can impact the health and well-being of patients.
- Instruction from Expert Faculty: Learn from faculty with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of music therapy with specializations in areas such as the use of technology in clinical settings, music therapy percussion pedagogy, cognitive and communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorders, and more.
- An On-Campus Summer Experience: Participate in a unique, one-time, summer residency in Fort Collins, CO. This required experience gives you the opportunity to network with your instructors and fellow peers face-to-face, while allowing for hands-on practice of newly learned techniques.
- Integration of Research and Practice: Be at the forefront of industry practices by learning from a core faculty of active researchers who incorporate their innovative research and clinical work into online music therapy courses. Engage in and integrate research findings in your own work to maintain an evidence-based practice.
- An Applied Learning Experience: Implement techniques and methodologies learned in the online classroom to your own workplace. During your clinical practicum course and regular lecture-lab pairings, you'll send in video clips of work with clients, receive valuable feedback from faculty, and then incorporate that feedback into your clinic.
- A Focus on Musicianship: Faculty exhibit a strong emphasis on musicianship and have a multiplicity of instrument specializations and expertise. Through modules on improvisation, song writing, and exchange of video/audio recordings with faculty — explore ways to improve your musicianship to better help others in your music therapy career.
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