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.
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.
Already Have a Degree in Music?
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.