Music, Music Therapy Concentration (M.A.) - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

The Master of Arts concentration in Music Therapy is offered for trained music therapists (with the RMT, CMT, or BC) as well as those who have an undergraduate degree or comparable proficiencies in music. The program will enrich understanding of the processes, clinical skills and practice of individual and group music therapy.

For further information: Cali School of Music; Academic Program Information



MUSIC w/CONC: Music Therapy

  1. PREREQUISITES

    Students w/out background in Music Therapy need to complete the following as directed by the Grad Program Coordinator:

    MUTH 100 Introduction to Music Therapy (2 hours lecture) 2
    MUTH 110 Therapy and Observation Skills for Music Therapy (2 hours lecture) 2
    MUTH 115 Music Therapy Practicum I 1
    MUTH 200 Methods and Materials in Music Therapy (2 hours lecture) 2
    MUTH 205 Music Therapy Practicum II 1
    MUTH 310 Music Therapy with Children (3 hours lecture) 3
    MUTH 315 Music Therapy Practicum III 1
    MUTH 325 Music Therapy Practicum IV 1
    MUTH 410 Music Therapy with Adults (3 hours lecture) 3
    MUTH 415 Music Therapy Practicum V 1
    MUTH 420 Psychological Foundations of Music II (3 hours lecture) 3
    MUTH 425 Music Therapy Practicum VI 1
    MUTH 495 Internship in Music Therapy 1
    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Complete 40.5 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

    1. REQUIRED COURSES

      Complete 8 courses for 21.5 semester hours:

      MUCP 511 Musical Style and Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
      MUPR 590 Piano Improvisation (2 hours lecture) 2
      MUTH 501 Psychology of Music (3 hours lecture) 3
      MUTH 510 Group Music Therapy Experience (2.5 hours lecture) 1.5
      MUTH 521 Music Therapy Assessment in Clinical Practice (2 hours lecture) 3
      MUTH 522 Clinical Improvisation (2 hours lecture) 3
      MUTH 523 Supervision and Teaching in Music Therapy (2 hours lecture) 3
      MUTH 524 Group Music Therapy (2 hours lecture) 3
    2. REQUIRED PSYCHOLOGY COURSES

      Complete 3 courses for 9 semester hours:

      PSYC 510 Research Methods in Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 561 Developmental Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 667 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. ELECTIVES

      In consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinator complete 6 semester hours from the following list.

      CSND 583 Language Disorders of Children (3 hours lecture) 3
      ECSE 506 Observation and Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities: Birth to Age 8 (3 hours lecture) 3
      ECSE 509 Principles and Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (3 hours lecture) 3
      ECSE 518 Neuromotor Development of the Young Child (3 hours lecture) 3
      MUTH 525 Special Topics in Music Therapy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 565 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 573 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 578 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 582 Behavior Modification (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 593 Clinical Interviewing (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 670 Introduction to Psychotherapy (3 hours lecture) 3
      SPED 578 Evaluation and Planning for Students with Learning Problems I (3 hours lecture) 3
      SPED 579 Special Education for Students with Disabilities (3 hours lecture) 3
      SPED 595 Medical and Physical Bases of Disabilities (3 hours lecture) 3
    4. THESIS REQUIREMENTS

      1. Complete 2 courses for 4 semester hours:

        MUTH 598 Thesis Seminar (1 hour seminar) 1
        MUTH 698 Master's Thesis 3
      2. Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.


Course Descriptions:

CSND583: Language Disorders of Children (3 hours lecture)

This course takes a predominately descriptive and non-categorical perspective to assessment and treatment of language disorders in children in the pre-linguistic through developing language stages. Syndromes and causal factors associated with language disorder will also be considered. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders or departmental approval; and CSND 500.

ECSE506: Observation and Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities: Birth to Age 8 (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on observation, screening and assessment of young children with disabilities from birth to age eight. Students explore commonly used techniques and assessment instruments, examine administration procedures, and learn to interpret findings related to children's development. An emphasis is placed on family partnerships, using observation as a tool in natural settings, and creating appropriate assessment plans for young children. 3 sh.

ECSE509: Principles and Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (3 hours lecture)

Students engage in an in-depth investigation to learn how to provide services and supports in inclusive early childhood environments by critically examining guiding principles, current research and exemplary practices. Topics explored include the historical, political, philosophical and legal foundations that shape early childhood practices and how to provide culturally responsive and individualized early education for diverse learners and their families 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ECSE 506.

ECSE518: Neuromotor Development of the Young Child (3 hours lecture)

The study of typical and atypical patterns of neuromotor organization and development, including general principles of stability, mobility, and the equilibrium as they influence postural stability is presented. Implications for the educator of young children with disabilities will be stressed. 3 sh.

MUCP511: Musical Style and Analysis (3 hours lecture)

Exploration of musical style found in the historical periods of the Western musical canon by examination of the principles and practice of music construction, aural skills and related formal analysis. Chant, modal and tonal counterpoint, diatonic tonal harmony in vocal and instrumental idioms in both small and large forms. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Music majors only.

MUPR590: Piano Improvisation (2 hours lecture)

Development of keyboard skills and ear-training for clinical improvisation. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: John J Cali School of Music approval.

MUTH100: Introduction to Music Therapy (2 hours lecture)

Survey of use of music therapy with various populations and other topics of relevance to the music therapist. 2 sh.

MUTH110: Therapy and Observation Skills for Music Therapy (2 hours lecture)

Observing, measuring, and recording behavior in a music therapy setting and other aspects of planning for music therapy sessions as well as observing music therapy sessions. Previous course MUTH 261 effective through Spring 2014. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: MUTH 100, Music majors only.

MUTH115: Music Therapy Practicum I

Improvement of the functioning of a client or group of clients with physical or mental disabilities through the use of music therapy. Discussion of the clients and their progress and other aspects of the clinical work. Previous course MUTH 262 effective through Spring 2014. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: MUTH 100, Music majors only.

MUTH200: Methods and Materials in Music Therapy (2 hours lecture)

A variety of music activities and how to adapt them for music therapy settings; leadership techniques; simple instruments used in therapy. Previous course MUTH 260 effective through Spring 2014. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: MUTH 110.

MUTH205: Music Therapy Practicum II

Continuation of MUTH 115. Previous course MUTH 263 effective through Spring 2014. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: MUTH 115.

MUTH310: Music Therapy with Children (3 hours lecture)

Ways in which music and the therapist may be used to influence the behavior of children, the mentally retarded, and the physically disabled. Previous course MUTH 461 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MUTH 200 and PSYC 235.

MUTH315: Music Therapy Practicum III

Continuation of MUTH 205. Previous course MUTH 361 effective through Spring 2014. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: MUTH 205.

MUTH325: Music Therapy Practicum IV

Continuation of MUTH 315. Previous course MUTH 362 effective through Spring 2014. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: MUTH 315.

MUTH410: Music Therapy with Adults (3 hours lecture)

Ways in which music therapy may be used in working with adult psychiatric patients, addictions, offenders, and geriatrics. Setting up a music therapy program. Previous course MUTH 462 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 365.

MUTH415: Music Therapy Practicum V

Continuation of MUTH 325. Previous course MUTH 363 effective through Spring 2014. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: MUTH 325.

MUTH420: Psychological Foundations of Music II (3 hours lecture)

Basic techniques of conducting, reading, and interpreting psychological research in music are reviewed. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are emphasized. Implications for various aspects of music are discussed. Previous course MUTH 464 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MUTH 320.

MUTH425: Music Therapy Practicum VI

Continuation of MUTH 415. Previous course MUTH 364 effective through Spring 2014. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: MUTH 415.

MUTH495: Internship in Music Therapy

Six months clinical training as a music therapy intern in an approved training program. Previous course MUTH 465 effective through Spring 2014. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: John J Cali School of Music approval.

MUTH501: Psychology of Music (3 hours lecture)

Psychological foundations of music, including cognition, perception, emotional meaning; musical development and learning; testing for musical ability; research methodology. Cross listed with Music, MUED 501. 3 sh.

MUTH510: Group Music Therapy Experience (2.5 hours lecture)

Use of creative media to express and explore feelings and issues in a supportive and productive environment. Specific content to be determined by members and therapist. Group members may apply what they have experienced to their own client groups. May be repeated for credit. 1.5 sh.

Prerequisites: Music majors only.

MUTH521: Music Therapy Assessment in Clinical Practice (2 hours lecture)

This course introduces intermediate level music therapists to a critical review of assessment literature and supervises their field testing of a published assessment tool appropriate to one's area of clinical interest. 3 sh.

MUTH522: Clinical Improvisation (2 hours lecture)

This course introduces the intermediate level music therapist to a critical review of clinical improvisation literature, invites experiential learning, and supervises the application of improvisation methods appropriate to one's area of clinical interest. 3 sh.

MUTH523: Supervision and Teaching in Music Therapy (2 hours lecture)

This course introduces the students to theories, concepts and styles of supervision and teaching, and surveys issues related to teaching as well as clinical and academic supervision. 3 sh.

MUTH524: Group Music Therapy (2 hours lecture)

This course focuses on theories and concepts of music therapy interventions with small groups in various therapy settings and within various therapeutic orientations. The course will help the student effectively design and lead music therapy groups. 3 sh.

MUTH525: Special Topics in Music Therapy (3 hours lecture)

The focus of this special topics course will be determined by recent trends and developments in the field of music therapy which delineate a topic of attention for current practice in the field of music therapy. 3 sh.

MUTH598: Thesis Seminar (1 hour seminar)

This seminar is designed to help students prepare a thesis proposal in music therapy and to provide the opportunity to exchange ideas, methods, and designs. 1 sh.

MUTH698: Master's Thesis

Independent research project done under faculty advisement. Students must follow the MSU Thesis Guidelines, which may be obtained from the Graduate School. Students should take MUTH 699 if they do not complete MUTH 698 within the semester. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: John J Cali School of Music approval.

PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior and surveys major topics within the diverse discipline of psychology. Topics covered will come from each of four core areas offered by the psychology department: Social/Applied (e.g., Social, Industrial-Organizational, Health), Biological Basis of Behavior (e.g., Physiology, Perception, Motivation/Emotion, Comparative Animal Behavior), Cognition (e.g., Learning and Memory, Conditioning and Learning, Cognition, Language) and Personality (e.g., Personality, Abnormal, Development). Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science for non-psychology majors only. 3 sh.

PSYC510: Research Methods in Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course provides the essentials needed to read, understand and critically evaluate research reports. Students will also learn how to carry out the entire research process, starting with identifying the research problem and ending with a thesis or research report. Factorial analysis of variance and the major multiple correlational designs are explained. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate laboratory course in experimental psychology.

PSYC561: Developmental Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Philosophical, conceptual, theoretical and research issues pertinent to human development from prenatal life to adulthood are presented. The core conceptual issues of development, such as the nature-nurture controversy, the continuity-discontinuity issue, and the issue of stability-instability, are discussed, and their relationships to the major theories in developmental psychology are examined. 3 sh.

PSYC565: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3 hours lecture)

This course emphasizes the diagnosis of psychological disorders usually first evident in infancy, childhood or adolescence. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, substance abuse, sexuality/gender identity disorders, pervasive developmental disorder and behavioral aspects of developmental disabilities. Students will be expected to understand DSM-IV categories. Each student is expected to be familiar with developmental psychology and personality development. Issues associated with evaluation, classification and diagnosis will be discussed extensively. Guidelines for appropriate interventions will be provided. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC573: Behavioral Neuroscience (3 hours lecture)

The physiological bases of normal and abnormal behavior with emphasis on the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the human nervous system are discussed. Starting with the nerve cell, the course progresses through the receptors, spinal cord, cortical and subcortical structures, psychosurgery, biofeedback, and other topics. 3 sh.

PSYC578: Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 hours lecture)

This course surveys the theory, construction and application of psychological tests. Topics include the statistical concepts underlying measurement; reliability and validity; critical analyses of selected intelligence, ability and personality tests; evaluation and interpretation of test data in practical situations; and the role of testing in clinical, educational and remedial settings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOPS), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC582: Behavior Modification (3 hours lecture)

This course reviews applications of conditioning principles to changing human behavior in clinical, educational, occupational and community settings. Selected topics include operant and classical conditioning, social learning theory, token economies, experimental design, cognitive behavior modification, aversive control, cognitive restructuring, biofeedback, and ethical issues in behavior modification. The course is designed to enable students to construct and implement behavior modification programs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/Adolesc Clinical Psyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/Conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), and School Psychologist (SPSY), Psychology Degree Program (IOPS), Psychology (PSYC & PYBM) programs only.

PSYC593: Clinical Interviewing (3 hours lecture)

This course integrates the theory and practice of clinical interviewing. The goals of this course are to facilitate the development of the student's listening, diagnostic, and therapeutic interviewing skills. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/Adolesc Clinical Psyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/Conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), and School Psychologist (SPSY) programs only.

PSYC667: Abnormal Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on theoretical models and selected research in psychopathology. Topics include contemporary nosology, diagnostic problems, schizophrenia, anxiety and affective disorders, social deviance, somatoform and psychophysiological syndromes, and therapeutic intervention. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 561. For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/CONC:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), Industrial Organizational (IOPS), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC670: Introduction to Psychotherapy (3 hours lecture)

This course surveys theories, research and practices in individual and group psychotherapy, and introduces the student to various treatments for emotional maladjustment and behavioral pathology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

SPED578: Evaluation and Planning for Students with Learning Problems I (3 hours lecture)

This course presents the role of the LDT-C on the Child Study Team, the administration and interpretation of standardized and functional assessment methods for identifying learning difficulties and disabilities, training to facilitate data-based decision making, formulation of an instructional plan based on assessment data, assessment regulations in law code, and legal and ethical issues. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPED 579. Students must be enrolled in a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Instructional Teaching Certificate (CRI), Educational Services Certificate (CRE) or Master of Education (MED).

SPED579: Special Education for Students with Disabilities (3 hours lecture)

An overview of instruction for students with special needs; characteristics of special populations, federal and state legislation, educational implications of disabling conditions, principles for instruction and planning for inclusion are presented; community resources and special issues related to the education of students with disabilities are discussed. 3 sh.

SPED595: Medical and Physical Bases of Disabilities (3 hours lecture)

Critical dimensions of the neurological and biological growth in the context of developmental disabilities are discussed. The relevance of the pediatric and neurological examinations for understanding disabilities is provided. The medical treatment of disabilities is presented. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Instructional Teaching Certificate (CRI), Educational Services Certificate (CRE) or Master of Education (MED).