Music Therapy Specialization

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.

  • 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.


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Choose full- or part-time


Clinical experience off and on campus


Complete in as fast as 2 to 2.5 years

Program Options

Comprehensive program (60 credits)
Advanced standing program (48 credits)

Curriculum Examples

  • Human Development and Assessment Across the Creative Arts Therapies
  • Ethical and Multicultural Issues in Clinical Documentation and Practice
  • Music & Neuroscience
  • Advanced Repertoire & Improvisation in Music Therapy
  • Research in Music Therapy
  • Contemporary Issues in Interprofessional Team Practice

Value of your Degree

  • Job placement is 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.

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


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 '16G, who works as a music therapist at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Fla.

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
  • Benefit from top-notch facilities. Nazareth's York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute provides new clinic, research, and collaboration spaces. The new 550-seat Glazer Music Performance Center is designed to provide state-of-the-art acoustics for large instrumental and vocal ensembles, to integrate multimedia collaborations, and to enable live recording.
  • Study abroad options include learning intercultural and ethical issues in creative arts therapy during a one-week intensive course at the NIARTE Institute in Brevens Bruk, Sweden.

Music and Art Therapy at Nazareth College

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