Music Therapy (B.M.)


Carly Litvik MT-BC, NMT  

2006 Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy

"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 my private practice in Citrus Heights, California."   Read more about Carly in Success Stories.

Music Therapy Program Works with Kids & Families in Dominican Republic

Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Therapy Program Laurie Jones recently designed a new course: Global Outreach in Music Therapy. To research the Dominican Republic as a possible site for this course, Laurie and Instructor of Music Therapy Sarah McMeekin traveled to the country with five music therapy majors and a larger mission group from churches across Western Pa.

 Hato Mayor served as the group’s home base in the Dominican Republic. From here, they travelled by cattle truck to various towns with large populations of families in need. In the villages, members of the group would provide medical services, assist with construction projects and pray with the families. The Seton Hill participants worked primarily with children: singing songs, playing musical games, reading Bible stories and working on crafts. At the end of the week, the group went from village to village and to a school for the deaf handing out “family kits” (everything from toothpaste to coloring books) of donated items.

“It was an amazing time,” Laurie says, “and our little SHU group received much more than we were able to give.”

(Laurie’s new course, Global Outreach in Music Therapy, will be offered soon at Seton Hill. Pictured above: Students Taylor Belcastro and Ashley Emrich with children in the Dominican Republic.)

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.