Share the Healing Effects of Music with those who need it.
The only program of its kind at any college in Connecticut!
If you would like a career that combines a love of music and helping people, consider the B.S. in Music Therapy program at SCSU. Music therapists are trained musicians and healthcare professionals working in a growing field: nationwide, music therapy is practiced in 42,000 facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, and schools with clients across the human lifespan and with wide-ranging social, emotional, and physical needs and challenges. According to the American Music Therapy Association (musictherapy.org), music therapy can: promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, promote physical rehabilitation, and more.
The B.S. in Music Therapy offers students comprehensive training in music therapy at an affordable price, with a well-defined path to achieving a degree and finding employment. Students develop skills in voice, piano, guitar, and a major instrument, participate in large and small ensembles, and take coursework in music theory, history, technology, and psychology. Important aspects of the program are practicum experiences, where students observe practicing music therapists working with a variety of client populations, and the culminating clinical internship, a six-month experience in which students work under the supervision of a practicing music therapist.
This program prepares students for a career in music therapy with completion of a bachelor’s degree. Upon completing their coursework, students sit for the Board Certification exam in Music Therapy (MT-BC). In most states, including Connecticut, only someone holding the MT-BC credential can practice music therapy, so therapists are often in demand for their services. Music therapists can also work in jobs such as Expressive Arts Therapist, Creative Art, Creative Therapist, Activities Therapist, and Rehabilitation Therapist.
Visit the undergraduate catalog for program requirements and further information.
Chair, Department of Music