The Music Therapy graduate program at SUNY New Paltz offers students with a baccalaureate degree in music the opportunity to study music therapy at the advanced level. In the Masters of Science (MS) in Music Therapy degree, students acquire musical, clinical, and research skills essential to professional practice.
Master of Science in Music Therapy
The Music Therapy Program at SUNY New Paltz is approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), the New York State Department of Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music. AMTA and NASM are national accrediting bodies.
Upon completion of the 48-credit curriculum and the required minimum 1,200 hours of supervised clinical training, students are eligible to sit for the Certification Board Examination in Music Therapy.
Undergraduate Degree and Course Preparation for Graduate Music Therapy Studies
You can view our undergraduate degree with music therapy electives by clicking on the link here.
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Admission to the Graduate Program
Requirements and Procedures
Required Application Components
Deadlines for application to the Music Therapy master's program can be obtained by contacting the Music Department at: 845-257-2700, or by visiting the Music Department's Web site at:
Graduate applicants are required to perform two contrasting selections on their major instrument. Additionally applicants should prepare five songs to sing while accompanying themselves on the guitar and five songs to sing while accompanying themselves on the piano. These songs should be memorized and applicants should be prepared to discuss possible clinical applications for their use. Placement exams in Sight Singing/Ear Training and Theory will be components of the audition as well.
The following is a form to be completed for listing the ten songs. Please print and provide it to the auditors on the day of the audition.
Masters Program Requirements
The Music Therapy Program is built around 48 credit hours of course work for students with baccalaureate degrees in Music Therapy or the MT-BC (The Certification Board for Music Therapists).
Successful applicants to the Music Therapy Program will be assigned an academic advisor. Newly admitted students should make an appointment with their assigned advisor to develop a Plan of Study as soon as possible. The comprehensive Plan of Study, developed by the student and their advisor, officially outlines the expected schedule of completion of the degree requirements and course work leading to eligibility for licensure as a Creative Arts Therapist in New York State. Any changes in this Plan of Study will require prior approval from the academic advisor.
Notice to Persons Who Have Prior Felony Convictions
State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY New Paltz admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history.
Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet the licensure requirements for certain professions, including the program in Music Therapy.
Individuals with prior criminal histories are advised to seek advice and guidance from the chair of the academic department regarding the impact of a criminal record on meeting the requirements of the major/professional licensure or certification prior to declaring the major.
With the approval of the academic advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School, students may transfer up to 9 graduate credits from other institutions or from courses taken at New Paltz prior to matriculation. Credits cannot be transferred after the Plan of Study is approved, except with permission of the academic advisor.
Students must meet with their advisor each semester to discuss course work and register for courses as outlined in their individual Plan of Study. Pre-registration for the spring semester occurs in November, and pre-registration for the summer and fall semesters occurs in April.
Change of Name and/or Address
It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Music Department office and the Records and Registration office with legal name, address, telephone, and/or email address changes.
Music Therapy Major Plan (PDF)
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