Bachelor of Music Therapy

Music Therapy

The mission of the KU music therapy program is to train students to be competence musicians and effective therapists who are equipped to be collaborative innovators in a complex world in order to proactively move the profession forward. This interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes understanding of human behavior and development, musical and otherwise. It includes extensive work in music, and the social, behavioral and biological sciences, in addition to specific academic, clinical, and research studies in music therapy.

Music Therapy Program

The undergraduate music therapy program provides full preparation for entry into the profession. It culminates in the degree of Bachelor of Music Therapy. Graduates are prepared for general music therapy practice in a variety of settings, which may include, but are not limited to hospitals, schools, community health programs, correctional settings, facilities for older adults, wellness centers, and private practice. The KU music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Individuals who complete the academic and clinical training program are eligible to take the national music therapy board certification examination to become a board-certified music therapist.

Advising and Mentoring

Students admitted to the music therapy program will be assigned an appropriate academic advisor through the Jayhawk Advising Center and a music therapy faculty mentor to work with the student throughout their academic career.  Students are expected to consult with their academic advisor each semester to plan enrollment for the next semester. The mentor is available to help with enrollment, to recommend courses particularly beneficial for various emphases, and to offer career guidance. The responsibility for taking appropriate courses and for meeting other requirements rests upon the student. Information regarding all requirements is available to students in such documents as the university catalogue. Lack of knowledge of any requirement does not free the student from meeting that requirement. All students must sign up for a graduation check with the School of Music Student Services Office in 450 Murphy Hall one year prior to their graduation date.

Regardless of applied performance medium, each entering student should be able to sing independently, in tune, and with acceptable tone quality. Functional keyboard and guitar skills (accompanying, playing by ear, improvising, and transposing) are helpful and are developed within the curriculum. Experience working with others and well-developed interpersonal skills are an asset.

Students are strongly encouraged to read the Music Therapy Undergraduate Program Handbook, which is available on the School of Music website and from the Student Services Office, 450 Murphy Hall, and provides detailed procedures, suggestions, and specifications.

Professional Sequence Admission

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree should apply for admission to the professional sequence upon completion of the second semester of the sophomore year with 50 or more KU hours. Transfer students with more than 45 hours of transfer credit may complete this application the first semester of classes at KU pending enrollment in specific courses as designated on the application.

Students must be admitted to the music therapy professional sequence by the Director of Music Therapy to enroll in upper-division music therapy courses. Music therapy majors who have been admitted to the professional sequence are in plan MTPPS-BM in the School of Music. See the Music Therapy Undergraduate Program Handbook for details.

Candidates are reviewed for admission periodically. No student may be admitted to the professional sequence for a semester during which he or she will be on academic probation. The application form for music therapy professional sequence admission is distributed to students prior to their time to apply. Information about the application process may be found on the KU School of Music website.

Professional Sequence Admission Requirements

1. Cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher.

2. Grade-point average of 3.00 or higher in MEMT courses.

3. A grade of C or higher in each of the following courses:

MEMT 150Introduction to Music Therapy3
MEMT 196Group Leadership Skills in Music Therapy2
MEMT 250Human Musical Learning and Development2
MEMT 251Clinical Techniques for Children3
MEMT 296Clinical Techniques for Adults3

4. At least 50 hours of college credit.

5. A signed applied music recommendation form verifying successful completion of the first semester of sophomore-level lessons.

6. Successful completion of the application form.

Instrumental Ensemble Policy

In order to remain enrolled in studio instruction (lessons), all undergraduate (B.A., B.M., B.M.E. and B.M.T.) and M.M. students who enroll in any level of studio instruction (including nonmajor levels) in band and orchestral instruments must audition for and perform as assigned in a major instrumental ensemble1 each semester in which they are enrolled. For music majors, 1 ensemble taken for credit each semester is required for graduation. Exceptions to this policy are allowed on a case-by-case basis and only by the ensemble conductor in consultation with the faculty member in the studio area or the faculty mentor in music therapy as appropriate.


Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, or Jazz Ensemble I. University Band or University Orchestra if placed by audition.