Feb 26, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Music Therapy (B.S.M.T.)

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Program: Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy
Department of Music
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rhinehart Music Center 144 ~ 260-481-6714 ~ ipfw.edu/vpa/music

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

• Students will demonstrate knowledge of music theory sufficient to analyze musical forms, structures, and styles; to create within basic musical structures; and to relate theoretical concepts to sound.

• Students will demonstrate performance ability as ensemble members, as conductors, and as soloists on both a primary instrument and a secondary instrument.

• Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history and literature of western and non-western music, with an understanding of the social, political and cultural impacts which shaped music history.

• Students will demonstrate proficiency in utilizing appropriate technology to notate and create music, to investigate and report scholarly research, and to support the specific demands of their professional degrees.

Music therapists use music experiences to promote health and rehabilitation for individuals of all ages and of all functioning levels in a variety of agencies such as hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, and private practice settings. The IPFW music therapy program is the only undergraduate music therapy degree program in a public university in Indiana. The clinical training portion of the degree program utilizes an on-site clinic as well as providing numerous opportunities for supervised work in health care facilities in and around Fort Wayne. Students must satisfactorily complete a six-month internship at the conclusion of the required course work. Graduates of the B.S.M.T. program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Student learning outcomes specific to the Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy degree:

• Students will demonstrate competence in the field sufficient for eligibility for the national examination of the Certification Board for Music Therapists, Inc., including an understanding of ethical clinical practice, ability to properly assess client issues, utilize appropriate musical intervention techniques, and evaluate treatment outcomes.

To earn the Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, one must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8) and the music core, and satisfactorily complete the following courses with a grade of C or better in each music course.


For information about earning an undergraduate certificate in gerontology concurrently with the B.S.M.T., consult the gerontology program entry in this section of this Bulletin. Additional information is published in the Department of Music Student Handbook.

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Performance Studies Credits: 25

Applied Primary (includes recital) Credits: 14

  • MUS X269 - Upper Divisional Exam Credits: 0

Applied Secondary Credits: 4

Non-keyboard Concentrations take:

Keyboard Concentrations take:

Ensembles Credits: 7

Total Credits: 126

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