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Post-baccalaureate Certification in Music Therapy

Upon completion of the required academic curriculum, application is made for a clinical training site approved by the American Music Therapy Association for a six to nine month internship program. Once the internship is completed, students are eligible to take the board certification exam. The "Music Therapist-Board Certified" (MT-BC) Credential is granted upon the successful completion of the exam. This is required for entry into the field of music therapy.

Effective Spring 2015, all new students entering the Post-Baccalaureate in Music Therapy are eligible to receive a partial tuition assistance scholarship. For more information, contact the Director of Music Admissions.

Course Requirements

Post-baccalaureate certification course work in music therapy is available to those with a B.M. or B.S. in music education or performance. Selection of students for this program depends upon completion of the admissions and audition process, review of transcripts, and an interview with the department chair.

The prerequisites are as follows:

1. You must have earned an undergraduate degree in music from an accredited institution.
2. You must demonstrate competencies and equivalences in all other undergraduate courses. This includes an evaluation of your transcripts and proficiency testing.
3. You must demonstrate equivalences in applied music areas. The audition process for post-baccalaureate music therapy applicants includes competency and skill in the area of piano, guitar, and voice are part of the audition requirements. Proficiency exams will involve accompanying self on guitar and piano, while singing six different songs in three different genres. Genres may include: children's songs, rhythm and blues, country, sacred, pop, songs of the gaslight era, etc. Strengths and weaknesses in these areas will be assessed and recommendations for study will be made according to the standards of the AMTA.
4. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 100.

NOTE: Without a previous music degree, a formal audition is required and a 132 credit degree program must be completed at Duquesne. Some liberal arts courses from the initial degree may satisfy the requirements.

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