Master of Science in Creative Arts Therapy

  • Learn to combine music with therapy to promote healing and address clients’ physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs in a variety of educational and health care settings.
  • This creative arts therapy master’s degree specializing in music therapy is the only program of its kind in the region and fulfills the educational requirements to become a licensed creative arts therapist.
  • The Music Therapy Program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Program Options

  • Comprehensive program (60 credits) is ideal for musicians and music educators who want to use music therapeutically with clients. Program includes the psychotherapy/counseling training required so you can apply for board-certification in music therapy and New York state licensure as a creative arts therapist. Courses meet during fall, spring, and early-summer semesters. FAQs about the 60-hour program.
  • Advanced standing program (48 credits) is ideal for students who already hold a bachelor's degree in music therapy or its equivalent and seek a master's degree. Also includes the psychotherapy/counseling training required so you can apply for New York state licensure as a creative arts therapist. Courses are sequenced so it's possible to complete the program in two years. If you are employed as a music therapist and your employer allows Nazareth to provide on-site supervision, your job can be your clinical training site; otherwise, we'll place you in a setting that matches your interests. FAQs about the 48-hour program.

Career Information

  • Job placement is very strong. Our graduates typically find employment in their chosen fields within six months after graduation.
  • Music therapists are employed in a variety of settings, including general and psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies, rehabilitation centers, day care facilities, nursing homes, schools, and private practice.

Student's Perspective

"The Nazareth creative arts therapy program is comprehensive and led by passionate professors who are experts in clinical and research frameworks. The program supports integrative approaches and provides opportunities to learn in many different clinical settings and under the direction of many different clinicians, each with different styles."

Maxwell Corrigan, who works as a music therapist at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Fla., and is finishing his thesis in 2015.

What to Expect
  • Expert faculty are all licensed mental health professionals
  • Extensive interdisciplinary clinical experience off and on campus
  • On-campus music therapy clinic provides stand-alone care and co-treatment with physical therapy, speech therapy, and art therapy
  • Develop expertise in assessment, treatment, and professional collaboration
  • Learn to work with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly

Curriculum Examples
  • Advanced Psychology of Music
  • Music Therapy Internship
  • History and Philosophy of Music Therapy
  • Theory and Practice of Music Therapy
  • Contemporary Issues in Interprofessional Team Practice

Program Director

Bryan C. Hunter

Bryan C. Hunter

Chair & Professor of Music Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
Professor of Music & Chair of Creative Arts Therapy Department in Music
585-389-2702
bhunter7@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 259A
Bio

Education: Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.M.E., University of Kansas; B.A., Maryville University

Teaching and Research Interests: Studying the effects of music therapy in assisting patients to wean from mechanical ventilation.

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