Music Therapy (major)
What you will study
Alverno’s music therapy program is based on the belief that music is a form of human behavior that is characterized by experience in structure, self-organization, and relating to others. It has been developed on the conviction that the music therapist can use music as a tool to attain desirable nonmusical behavioral objectives in varied health-care settings.
In order to use music effectively as a tool in music therapy, you need to develop a broad base of music skills. These include knowledge of music theory and history; basic skills in improvisation; competency in using basic music technology; and functional proficiency on a variety of instruments.
Because the management of nonmusical behaviors is your main objective in therapy, you also need to study the natural and behavioral sciences, including anatomy and physiology, psychology, and sociology. The Alverno curriculum is structured to facilitate the development of these basic skills and understandings.
You begin in-depth study in your profession in the first semester, through classroom study and by being an observer-participant in oﬀ-campus music therapy clinical settings.
You are required to complete 1,200 hours of clinical work prior to graduation with at least 15% (180 hours) in pre-internship experiences and at least 75% (900 hours) in internship experiences. While many students choose to fulfll this requirement during a six-month internship after on-campus courses have been completed, you have the opportunity to design an internship compatible with your personal needs and lifestyle. Alverno facilitates your internship and monitors your progress. Graduation follows successful completion of the internship. After receiving your degree, you are eligible to take the board certifcation examination. Successful completion of the examination allows you to use the credential of Music Terapist–Board Certifed (MT-BC).
Alverno oﬀers both a bachelor’s degree program and an equivalency program in music therapy, the latter for students who already possess a degree in another feld.
|Music Therapy Major Beginning|
|Foundations of Biology|
and Foundations of Biology Lab
|MU Ensembles: Take 6 semesters of MU Ensembles 1|
|MU-102||Understanding Music Fundamentals||2|
|Take a MUA Performance Lesson for your performance area each semester 1 and 2|
|Take a MUA Performance Lab with your performance area lesson each semester 1 and 2|
|MUA-175||External Assessment for Mua Lessons||0|
|MUA-275||External Assessment for Mua Lessons||0|
|MUE-105||Group Piano 1||1|
|MUE-106||Group Piano 2||1|
|MUE-107||Group Piano 3||1|
|MUE-119||Beginning Guitar Class||1|
|MUE-219||Intermediate Guitar Class||1|
|MUY-129||Music Preprofessional Seminar||1|
|MUY-160||Orientation in Music Therapy||2|
|Clincal & Lab Experience 1/Geriatrics|
and Lab Exp 1: Geriatrics
|PSY-110||Life Span Development||4|
|Music Therapy Major Intermediate|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology|
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
|MU-261||Origins of Music/Many Cultures||3|
|MU-262||Favorite Classical Music||2|
|MU-310||Rock & Roll History||2|
|MU-399||Formal Introduction to Advanced Work||0|
|Take a MUA Performance Lesson for your performance area in each semester 3 and 4|
|Take a MUA Performance Lab with your performance area lesson in each semester 3 and 4|
|MUE-209||Vocal Techniques 1||1|
|Clincal & lab Exp 2: Dev Disabilities|
and Clinical & Lab Experience 2 Lab
|Clincal & Lab Exp 2: Dev Disabilities|
and Lab 2: Developmental Disabilities
|Psychology of Music 1|
and Psychology of Music Lab
|Psychology of Music 2/Research|
and Psychology of Music 2 Lab
|MUY-363||Creative Music Making||2|
|RL-210||Control of Life & Death 2||2|
|Music Therapy Major Advanced|
|MU-125||Music & Wellness Workshops||1|
|MUA-375||External Assessment for Mua Lessons||0|
|MU-491||Senior Seminar 1||3|
|MU-495||Applied Music Culmination Project||0|
|Take a MUA Performance Lesson for your performance area in each semester 5-7|
|Take a MUA Performance Lab with your performance area lesson in each semester 5-7|
|MUY-461||Theoretical Foundations of Music Therapy||3|
|MUY-462||Design & Appl in Music Therapy||4|
|Clin Exp: Psycho-Emotional Disabilities|
and Clin Exp: Psycho-Emotional Disabilit Lab
|Clin Exp5: Psycho-Emotional Disabilities|
and Lab Exp 5: Psycho Emotional Disabilities
|Music Therapy Clinical Internship|
and Music Therapy Clinical Internship
and Music Therapy Clinical Internship
All vocalists are required to take a minimum of 6 semesters of MU-130. All instrumentalists are required to take a minimum of 4 semesters of MU-130. The other two semesters can be other ensemble offerings.
Can also count as HFA-210 elective
For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.