The Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy is an approved program of the American Music Therapy Association that provides students with the musical, technical, and therapeutic skills to practice as entry-level music therapists in a variety of clinical fields. Students engage in traditional academic music studies (music theory, aural skills, and music history), piano, voice, guitar, percussion, improvisation, music technology, psychology, and music therapy specific courses. Graduates of the program take the national certification examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). After passing this exam, the individual is a board-certified music therapist (Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, 2019).
Skills and abilities this major develops includes: musical knowledge and ability, problem-solving and troubleshooting skills, active listening, and social perceptiveness skills.