Bachelor of Music - Music Therapy

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The program of study leading to the Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy prepares the student for a career in the therapeutic practice of music in an effort to restore, maintain, or improve mental and/or physical health. Post-graduate employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, rehabilitative environments such as hospitals and special education programs within the framework of the public school system. The curriculum includes a strong emphasis in psychology and the social sciences and multiple opportunities to become involved in the profession through observation and participation in clinical experiences.

Music Therapy Board Certification requires, in addition to the degree requirements, a six-month internship and successful completion of the Board Certification Examination. Completion of the Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree and certification exam leads to licensure as a Board Certified Music Therapist.  This degree is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Official Declaration of Major

Procedure for Native UGA Students:

At the end of the fall semester of the 2nd year, all intended music therapy students must pass the barrier procedure criteria to become a music therapy major. The requirements for passing the barrier procedure are as follows:

  • Submit to Dr. Kennedy a two-page statement (typed, double-spaced) as to why the student wants to become a music therapist;
  • Have completed the following courses with a grade of C or better: MUSI 5440 - Music Skills for Therapists, MUSI 2021 - Practicum, and MUSI 5400 - Principles of Music Therapy.
  • Schedule a joint meeting with Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Ritchey at the end of the fall semester 2nd year to discuss admission to the major and completion of the barrier procedure criteria.

The music therapy faculty will determine if a student has sufficiently met the above requirements before the student is officially accepted to the major.

Procedure for Transfer Students:

All students that apply as transfer students to enter the music therapy program at the University of Georgia must meet the following criteria regarding the barrier procedure:

  • Earn a grade of C or better in the first academic course in the music therapy curriculum taken in residency at UGA;
  • Earn a grade of C or better in the first clinical course in the music therapy curriculum taken in residency at UGA;
  • Submit to Dr. Kennedy a two-page statement (typed, double-spaced) as to why the student wants to become a music therapist;
  • Schedule a joint meeting with Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Ritchey at the end of their first semester of enrollment at UGA to discuss admission to the major and completion of the barrier procedure criteria.

The music therapy faculty will determine if a student has sufficiently met the above requirements before the student is officially accepted to the major. 

Additional Student Resources

  • For details concerning the BMUS Music Therapy degree, please see our UGA Bulletin, which outlines music major and university-wide requirements.
  • For information concerning Franklin College requirements, please see here. Please note: Music Therapy students are only required to fulfill all of the Franklin College Multicultural requirement. For guidance on how you can incorporate that into your curriculum core, please contact your music academic advisor.
  • For a suggested matriculation summary for the degree Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, click here.
  • To inquire after workshops, professional development, and other hands-on experiences, please visit here.
  • Study Music Abroad in Italy Program
  • Music Admissions Process

Students who hold a baccalaureate degree in music and are interested in obtaining Board Certification may pursue an equivalency degree in music therapy. This option requires the following:

  1. Completion of the professional courses for the degree Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
  2. A six-month internship
  3. Successful completion of the Board Certification Examination