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Academic Program Guide

Music Therapy

College: Music
Degree: Bachelor of Music
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Dr. Joanna Hunt
Address: 204-D Housewright Music Bldg,Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180
Phone: (850) 644-4833

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

Entering students have auditions to determine placement in appropriate applied classes. Students choose as a principal instrument: piano, organ, voice, harp, guitar, a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.

Prerequisite Coursework

Students should complete the following courses in preparation for placement in upper division status:
MUT X111, X112 (3, 3) Basic Theory I, II
MUT X116, X117 (3, 3) Basic Theory III, IV
MUT X241, X242 (1, 1) Sight singing I, II
MUT X246, X247 (1, 1) Sight singing III, IV
* MVK X111, X112 (1,1) Applied Secondary Piano
* MVK X121, X122 (1,1) Applied Secondary Piano
MUN XXXX (4) Courses in Ensemble
MVX XX1X (2-4) Applied Music
MVX XX2X (2-4) Applied Music
* or Secondary Piano Proficiency by placement

Additional courses may be recommended: contact department.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Admission Requirements to the Major
All entering students must meet appropriate minimum standards through a placement audition (heard by a faculty jury) in applied music before being granted admission to the College of Music.


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (89 hours required Music; 12 hours required Behavioral/Natural Science)
The Bachelor of Music curriculum and degree in Music Therapy are approved by the National Association for Music Therapy and National Association of Schools of Music. In order to register for MUY 4940, a six- month internship at an approved and affiliated clinical center, a music therapy major must have completed all music therapy courses with a grade of C minus or better (B minus or better for MUY 3601, MUS 4611-4612, MUY 4401, MUY 4402) and be recommended by the department.

A). Required Music courses: (89 hours)

Applied Music (12 hours)
MV_ 1311-1316 (2, 2) Applied Music Principal
MV_ 2321-2326 (2, 2) Applied Music Principal
MV_ 3331-3336 (2, 2) Applied Music Principal

Music Therapy majors who complete by jury the MV_ 2321-2326 level in applied principal, may continue principal instrument study or may elect to study in two or three secondary areas. Dance may be used as one of the secondary performance areas.

Applied competencies (7 hours)
MVK 1111-1111 (1, 1) Class Piano
MVK 2121-2121 (1, 1) Class Piano
MVV 1111 (1) Class Voice
MVS 1116 (1) Class Guitar
MVS 2126 (1) Intermediate Class Guitar

All Music Therapy majors are required to satisfy the competency required in Class Piano, Class Voice, and Class Guitar.

Basic Music Theory (16 hours)
MUT 1111-1112 (3, 3) Basic Theory I, II
MUT 1241L-1242L (1, 1) Sight singing I, II
MUT 2116-2117 (3, 3) Basic Theory III, IV
MUT 2246L-2247L (1, 1) Sight singing III, IV

Music History/Lit (11 hours)
MUL 2110 (2) Survey of Music Literature
MUH 2512 (3) Music Cultures of the World I
MUH 3211 (3) Survey of Music History I
MUH 3212 (3) Survey of Music History II

Music Therapy (33 hours)
MUE 3091 (1) Orientation to Therapy
MUS 4092 (1) Arts in Medicine
MUS 4611-4612 (3, 3) Psychology of Music I, II
MUS 4651 (2) Non-Verbal Communication
MUY 3601 (3) Music Recreation Techniques
MUY 4301 (2) Anatomy for Music Therapy Practice
MUY 4401-4402 (3, 3) Music Therapy I, II
MUY 4940 (6, 6) Clinical Internship in Music Therapy

Senior Project/Recital (2 hours)
MUS 4970 (2) Senior Project/Recital

Other Music (5 hours)
MUE 3491 (2) Choral Literature and Conducting
MUS 2360 (1) Introduction to Technology in Music
MUS 3934 (1) Drumming for Music Therapy
MUS 4936 (1) Sr. Tutorial

Ensemble (6 hours)
2 hours of accompanying (MUN 2510/4513) are required of all piano principals in partial fulfillment of the requirements in ensemble. All woodwind, brass and orchestral string freshmen and freshman transfers must register for MUN 2460 during the Fall semester of the freshman and sophomore years. All woodwind, brass, and string orchestral sophomores and other transfers must register for MUN 2460 or 4463 during the Fall semester of the first year of residence. A minimum of 3 hours of ensemble credit must be earned at the upper level.

Student Recital Attendance (0 hours)
MUS 1010 (0). Entering freshmen must register for this course for six semesters. Transfer students must consult with advisor regarding completion of this requirement.

B). Required Behavioral/Natural Sciences: (12 hours)
PSY 2012 (3) General Psychology
CLP 4143 (3) Abnormal Psychology
EEX 4770 (3) Human Exceptionality or MUE 4391 (3) Music in Special Education or course selection in consultation with advisor (3).
Behavioral/Health/Natural Science Electives: 3 hours selected in consultation with an advisor.

Digital Literacy: (3 hours)
This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course; see advisor.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 123
General Education 36*
Music Coursework 89
Other Behavioral/Natural Science 12
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 3
Oral Communication 0-3
Electives to bring total credits to 123

*NOTE: Up to nine (9) hours of the required Music History, Music Literature and Music Theory may be used to towards General Education.


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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Music Therapist, Teacher.

Representative Employers: Clinics, Hospitals, Rehabilitation Centers, School Systems.

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