Music Therapy (B.M.)


Carly Litvik MT-BC, NMT  

2006 Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy

"In 2001, I entered Seton Hill to pursue my degree in music therapy. The sense of community from both the staff and student body in the music department at Seton Hill helped to support and nurture my educational path. My understanding of music theory grew substantially and I honed my skills as a musician in both instrumental and vocal ensembles, all the while receiving a solid foundation in music therapy techniques and methodology. I had numerous opportunities while a student to apply and develop my skills as a music therapist in the classroom as well as through various clinical practicum sites, and ultimately through an internship at St. Anne’s Home and Excela Health. It was because of the varied clinical experiences at Seton Hill that I was confident enough to work in whatever setting I found myself in, including hospitals, schools, adult day health centers and now currently in my private practice in Citrus Heights, California."   

What is a Music Therapist?

Music therapists assess a client’s emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities and cognitive skills through musical responses. They design music sessions for individuals and groups using music improvisation receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance and learning through music. Music therapists also participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation and follow up.

View course information for the Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy.

Music Therapist Certification

Students who complete Seton Hill’s Music Therapy Program (including the internship) are eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Music therapists who successfully complete the independently administered examination hold the music therapist-board certified credential (M.T.-B.C.)

Careers in Music Therapy

Music therapists work in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centers, agencies serving developmentally disabled persons, community mental health centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools and private practice. Visit our Career Opportunities page for more information.

Already Have a Degree in Music & Want to Become Certified?

Seton Hill offers a postbaccalaureate certificate in music therapy that prepares students already holding an undergraduate degree in music to become trained and board-certified music therapists.