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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [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

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 engage clients in 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 Purdue University Fort Wayne 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 directly supervised clinical 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 BSMT 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 music therapy methods, evaluate treatment, measure outcomes, and apply professional research literature to clinical practice.


  • Programs offered by the department are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus though some courses may be available as distance learning.

Declaring this Major:

  • Students who choose to major in music must be accepted by both Purdue Fort Wayne and the Department of Music. For information regarding admission to the university, see the Office of Admissions web page: http://pfw.edu/admissions.

  • Acceptance into the Department of Music is not automatic upon acceptance by the university. All accepted students who indicate music as their major are placed into the Pre-Music category by the Admissions Office. Full acceptance as a music major is contingent upon a successful audition.

  • Auditions. Information about audition requirements are found on the department web site: http://pfw.edu/music.

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

Students in this degree are subject to the policies for all music degrees found on the Music  department page.

General Requirements:

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

General Education Requirements    

Category A-Foundational Intellectual Skills: Credits 9

Category A1-Written Communication: Credits 3

Catagory A3-Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 3

Category B4 Scientific Ways of Knowing: Credits 6

Category B5-Creative and Artistic Expression: Credits 6

Category B6-Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing: Credits 6

Category B7-Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing: Credits 3

Category C8 Capstone: Credits 3

Performance Studies: Credits 25

Applied Primary (includes recital): Credits 14

Applied Secondary: Credits 4

Non-keyboard Applied Primaries take:

Keyboard Applied Primaries take:

Ensembles: Credits 7

7 Semesters of Major Ensemble Credits are required 

See Music Department Ensemble  Requirements


Grade Requirements

Grades. Music therapy majors must complete each required music course with a grade of C or better and with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher for all required music courses. Two unsuccessful attempts to attain a grade of C or better in the same required music course will result in dismissal from the Department of Music. 

Exceptions to academic policies require a written request to the music faculty in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Total: Credits 123

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.


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