Music Therapy

The School of Music offers a BM in Music Therapy, as well as a MME and a PhD.  The undergraduate music therapy program provides full preparation for entry into the profession. Graduates are prepared for general music therapy practice in a variety of settings. The KU music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Individuals who complete the program are eligible to take the national music therapy certification board examination. 
Music Therapy Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Perform capably and professionally as music educators and therapists 
  • Use contemporary techniques, knowledge, and skills to solve problems in classrooms or clinical settings  
  • Communicate the expanding and deepening understanding of music therapy as a basic human endeavor 
  • Help society define and respond to its educational responsibilities and challenges 
  • Assume leadership positions in schools, districts, institutions, communities, and the profession 
  • Demonstrate mastery of aural skills including sight-reading and dictation 
  • Implement music and non-music methods and techniques that effectively assist clients in modifying responses in assessment, treatment, session, and termination plans 

Popular Career Paths

Clinical: Typically involves utilizing music therapy techniques in private practice, hospitals, community mental health centers, and pain and stress management facilities.

Special Education: Typically involves utilizing music therapy in a school setting.

Research: Involves researching the practice and methods of music therapy interventions. 

Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Day Treatment Centers
  • Drug and Alcohol Programs
  • General and State Hospitals
  • Geriatric Care Programs
  • Home Health Programs
  • Hospice Programs
  • Medical Clinics
  • Pain and Stress Management Centers
  • Physical Rehabilitation Centers
  • Prevention and Wellness Programs
  • Private Practices and Agencies
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Research Programs
  • Residential Facilities
  • Special Education Programs
  • Universities and Colleges 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.