Music Therapy Undergraduate Degree

Undergraduate Degree

B.M. in Music Therapy

The Music Therapy concentration is designed to prepare the student to take the examination of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (MT-BC). Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. As a MT-BC, graduates may work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living centers, and in special education. Some music therapists maintain private practices or serve as consultants.

The undergraduate curriculum includes core music courses, music therapy methods and research courses, and general education courses. All students learn to demonstrate musicianship on several instruments including piano, guitar, and voice. Students engage with community members in a variety of service learning and clinical practicum placements, where they are supervised by board-certified music therapists. Students also complete a clinical internship at one of several approved sites, for a total of 1200 hours of clinical experience (as required by the American Music Therapy Association). 

The Music Therapy program at CSU is internationally recognized for its leadership in clinical training and research. The music therapy area includes the Undergraduate Music Therapy Research Academy and the interdisciplinary Brainwaves Research Laboratory, where students have opportunities for hands-on involvement in music and music therapy research. 

A background check is required prior to participating in the practicum course (MU 486A).

Undergraduate Music Therapy Audition/Interview Process

Students applying to the B.M. in Music Therapy are required to interview with members of the Music Therapy faculty, in addition to auditioning on their principal instrument. Interviews will take place on the same day you audition.

What to expect:

Interviews will be approximately 10 minutes in length.

The faculty will ask about the student’s reasons for pursuing music therapy, personal goals, and experience working with people.

Students will also be asked to:

  • Sing a children’s song (while the music therapy faculty accompany)
  • Match pitches with their voice

Please also follow the requirements for your instrument/voice and general audition details listed here.


Blythe LaGasse

Professor of Music; Music Therapy; Coordinator of Music Therapy

(970) 491-4042