Why Study Music: Concentration Music Therapy at APSU?
APSU is perfectly located to offer a thriving, hands-on and engaging music therapy concentration where you will learn to become a music therapist by working directly with clients in a variety of health care settings. Austin Peay provide students with both the current career-based skills, knowledge and experiences for successful career entry; but also the inquiry, research, and creative problem-solving skills to be innovative Music Therapists. Through this, our graduates remain relevant in an ever-changing career field, and become transformative catalysts for future innovations in Music Therapy.
What will I learn?
Music therapists are both professional healthcare workers and professional musicians; as such, your course work will prepare you to be a competent healthcare worker and exceptional vocalist or instrumentalist. All music majors take basic musicianship classes including music theory, ear training, music history, and music technology, and a group of general education courses that are required of all APSU students (English, Math, Science, etc…). You will also take private lessons with an applied instructor, and perform in any one of APSU’s vocal or instrumental ensembles. Music therapy courses begin in the sophomore year and each methods course includes and practicum placement in a healthcare facility (hospital, assistant living center, rehabilitation center, or something similar). Once you complete your coursework, you will end your program in a formal internship placement, and sit for your National Board Examination to become a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC).
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses.
Music Therapy requires
MUS 2030 World Music (3)
BIOL 1010 Introduction to Biology (3)
BIOL 1010 Intro. to Biology Lab (1)
BIOL 1040 Human Biology (3)
BIOL 1040 Human Biology Lab (1)
MATH 1530 Elementary Statistics (3)
PSYC 1030 Intro. to Psychology (3)
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3)
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
The music department is home to five music student organizations.
- Collegiate chapter of National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) is a service/professional organization for music education majors.
- Phi Mu Alpha is a music service organization for men. Students do not need to be music majors to join.
- Sigma Alpha Iota is a music service organization for women. Students do not need to be music majors to join.
- Aspiring Vocal Performers is a professional organization for vocal music majors.
- Smash Bang Club is the student organization for current and past members of the Governor’s Own Marching Band (GOMB).
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What Do Music: Concentration Music Therapy majors Do After Graduation?
The opportunities for music therapists are as diverse as they are numerous. Music therapists may work in hospitals, clinics, schools, rehabilitation facilities, hospice centers, prisons, treatment centers, or may own their own independent music therapy clinics. Music therapists work with clients of all ages from pre-birth to end-of-life care and everything in between. They use music as a therapeutic tool to help clients deal with medial, behavioral, physical, psychological, or cognitive diagnoses.
- Assisted Living Centers
- Daycare facilities
- Independent Music Therapist
- Graduate School
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Counseling Centers
- Teaching Music Therapy