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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.

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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Sample Curriculum

Mus. Ther.
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Music Therapy Orientation 3 Music Therapy in Physical Health Settings 3
MT & Developmental Health 3 Music Therapy in Mental Health 3
Professional Topics in Music Therapy 3 Music & the Mind 3
MT Repertoire or Clinical Music Skills 1 Music Therapy Practicum 1
Sophomore Music Therapy Practicum 1 Freshmen Music Therapy Practicum 1
Junior Music Therapy Practicum 1 Sohpomore Music Therapy Practicum 1
Senior Music Therapy Practicum 1 Junior Music Therapy Practicum 1
Senior Music Therapy Practicum 1
MT Internship Preparation 1

Curriculum is subject to change.

Behavioral Sci.
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Essentials of Anatomy & Phys 3 Intro to Psychology 3
Psychological Disorders 3 Fnd. for Inclusive Practices 3

These courses may be taken at another university or college. A grade of C must be achieved for transfer of credits to Duquesne University. Transcripts will be evaluated according to the standards of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Functional Mus.
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Guitar for Music Therapy I 2 Guitar for Music Therapy II 2
Piano Improvisation for MT I 1 Piano Improvisation for MT II 1
Vocal Leadership in Music Therapy or Independent Voice Lessons 1

Competency and skill in the area of piano, guitar and voice are part of the audition requirements. Strengths and weaknesses in these areas will be assessed and recommendations for study will then be made according to the Standards of the AMTA.

• Eligibility to attend requires successful completion of on-campus curriculum
• A minimum of 1,020 hours required beyond the on-campus curriculum

- Approximately 6 months on a full-time basis
- Longer on a part-time basis

• Application process

- Individual selection of AMTA National Roster Internships
- Completion of, at minimum, four applications
- Interview with internship supervisors

• Financial responsibilities

- Student typically furnishes room and board
- Often unpaid
- Frequently involves relocation

• Course registration for Music Therapy Internship

- Retains full-time student status
- Does not involve university tuition/fees

• Music Therapy certificate conferred after successful completion of internship

Eligibility for and acceptance to internship is not guaranteed. Duquesne University students are required to achieve at least a B grade in the music therapy courses to remain in the program. The Duquesne University Music Therapy Program has a long history of students successfully at attaining and completing internships and passing the board certification exam.