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Graduate Training in Music Therapy

Master of Music in Music Therapy

The Master of Music (M.M.) with an Area of Emphasis in Music Therapy provides in-depth study of the practice of music therapy, including research, clinical applications, and current developments in music therapy theory and practice. Coursework will address the Advanced Competencies in Music Therapy as established by the American Music Therapy Association.  This degree is intended for current board-certified music therapists (MT-BCs). If you are not a board-certified music therapist or eligible to sit for the board examination, please see section on our equivalency program.  

The program is comprised of a diverse set of in-person academic and clinical experiences including advanced music therapy practicum placements, supervision of music therapy undergraduate students, development and implementation of research studies, and courses on current trends and issues in the field of music therapy. In addition, students complete coursework in related topics of music theory, music history/ethnomusicology, music studies, and electives outside of music that are selected by the student to further develop their knowledge in an area of their interest. Many of these courses can be selected to fulfill an additional graduate certificate (i.e. Gerontology, Non-Profit Leadership and Management, Substance Use Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Disabilities Studies) offered by the University of Georgia.

Primary career opportunities for graduates of this degree program include the advanced clinical practice of music therapy in a variety of healthcare and educational settings, and teaching music therapy at the undergraduate level. The degree also prepares graduates for future study in music therapy at the doctoral level.

Benefits of Graduate Training in MT
  • Grow your clinical skills
  • Complete training in an area of advanced practice
  • Gain training in supervision of MT students
  • Learn how to design and implement research studies
  • Increase your knowledge on related topics and populations that MT-BCs serve
  • Improve your musicianship
Areas of Current Research
  • Impact of new music therapy services in the medical setting
  • Neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm infants receiving music therapy
  • Improving developmental outcomes of young children with developmental disabilities
  • Impact of music therapy services for people of all levels of ability
  • Improving psychosocial needs of long-term caregivers for older adults
  • Holistic approaches to care and treatment of older adults
Why UGA?
  • 36 hours of face-to-face, personalized instruction
  • 2 graduate teaching assistantship opportunities
  • 55 Graduate certificates available to supplement your individual interests
  • Athens, GA is the #1 Most Livable city in Georgia with a rich, historical, and vibrant musical scene.


Dr. Ellyn Evans, Area Chair, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

Jennifer Denk Stull, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

Sally Ann Nichols, Clinical Supervisor/Academic Professional of Music Therapy


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